Bill Murray and Guy Fieri have formed an unexpected partnership, but we're loving every second of it. Not only will Bill and Guy hosting a nacho competition to raise money for the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund (RERF), but they've roped in both of their sons as well! Homer Murray and Hunter Fieri are going to be the ones battling it out in the "Nacho Average Showdown" on Friday, May 15 on the Food Network's Facebook page. You can tune in at 5 p.m. EST.
Guy told Jimmy Fallon on a video chat version of The Tonight Show, "Bill and Homer are in the restaurant business. And, of course, I'm in the restaurant business. And my son as well." He then explained why he felt the need to organize this project, saying the restaurant industry has suffered during the pandemic. The foodie icon wanted to do his part.
"The restaurant industry has been hit so hard during this pandemic. It's just been terrible. And we have tens of thousands of restaurants that are closed. We have millions of employees without jobs. So I started a program with the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation. We're up to $22.5 million now," Guy added.
For those who didn't even know Bill Murray has a son (he actually has six) let alone that his son is a restaurant owner, here's what you need to know.
Bill Murray's son Homer co-owns a restaurant called 21 Greenpoint.
21 Greenpoint, which used to be called River Styx, is located in Brooklyn. Back in 2016, 21 Greenpoint made headlines when Homer's dad (aka, Bill Murray, no big deal) played bartender at the restaurant. After Bill's "bartending shift," the actor made a toast to his son, saying, "This is my firstborn son, Homer. And I am so happy for myself, and his brothers and sisters and mom, and all of you, that he has not continued in the family business. Instaed he has taken the joy of the family — to have a drink, and to have a meal, and to have friends together in one place — and made it his life's work. To my son, and his friends, and his work, and his partners. Homer Murray!"
21 Greenpoint, which is closed for now, offers modern Italian food, like risotto with white truffle oil, a pizza called "Pizza Meg Ryan," and chicken parm. 21 Greenpoint's website gives a quick primer on its origins as well as Homer's deep involvement:
"As a native New Yorker with deep familial connections to Chicago, Homer grew up experiencing many different traditional styles of cuisine and street food. After traveling extensively for work as a photo assistant he came back to New York full time and immersed himself in the restaurant world of early 2000’s Brooklyn. Through his varied experience, and passion for a good time, Homer has created a space and a menu that is thoughtful, trustworthy and welcoming."
Currently, 21 Greenpoint has 4 stars on Yelp with a lot of customers raving about the delicious food. Sadly, even Bill Murray's son's restaurant couldn't escape the wrath of the pandemic. 21 Greenpoint set up a Go Fund Me in order to financially support the restaurant's staff, many of whom were most likely furloughed. As of publication, $5,531 has been donated so far.
Tune in to "Nacho Average Showdown" as it helps restaurants much like 21 Greenpoint that are in need of financial assistance. Hopefully Homer will be back in his kitchen sooner rather than later (safely, of course).
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