Andrew Molen is a chef & partner of multiple restaurants across New England including Street Bistro & Boston Cigar Club & the newest partnership with Seaport House in New York City. With several other restaurants in Boston and New York, Molen’s experience in the industry is like none other, and he has worked his entire life to build his brand and share his creativity with others. Molen has operated a restaurant group internationally & some of the best restaurants in New York, giving him a unique edge over others in the industry. Just like any other leader in the restaurant industry, Molen was greatly affected by the global pandemic that hit the world in 2020, but it did not stop him from feeding his community.
During a time where front line workers were put to the test with extreme overtime hours, vulnerability, and pure sacrifice for others, Molen knew there was something he could do to help. Aside from showing his gratitude and appreciation through words, Molen was in a truly unique position to show his gratitude through what he knows best – food. From March of 2020 to January of 2021, Molen delivered food to houses of nurses, churches, senior living facilities, fire and police departments, local community members, healthcare, and frontline workers. To a community that continuously supported his businesses by eating at his restaurants, he did not feel it was sufficient to simply say ‘thank you’ to the people risking their lives every single day for others.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced innumerous restaurants to close doors indefinitely, but one of the major problems was that restaurant workers could make more money if they went on unemployment rather than staying in the restaurant. Molen was very fortunate to have a staff that stuck with him through the pandemic, allowing him to keep doors open, and allowing him to give back and make an impact on his community. Andrew and his team took risks every day to give back and help give his community a sense of normalcy they hadn’t experienced from other businesses or restaurants. Aside from frontline workers, many of Molen’s friends in the restaurant industry had small businesses that experienced major losses during the pandemic. In New York, he worked hard to help his friends in business get much needed supplies that were hard to find in order to keep them afloat during the difficult times. He even went the extra mile to help friends in Charlestown get supplies that they couldn’t find elsewhere. His continued commitment to friends, family, and most importantly, his community helped keep many people fed, safe, and comfortable during such a taxing time.
Andrew Molen has dominated the restaurant industry across New England and beyond for years, allowing him to help others in unique ways. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Molen’s position created an opportunity to give back to the community that has supported him in many ways, and he did just that. Delivering meals to frontline workers’ homes, nursing homes, churches, community centers, hospitals, and many more. Molen’s impact and gratitude goes a very long way, and shows just how much he loves what he does. Through his multiple restaurants, his dedicated staff and morale allowed him to keep people safe, healthy, and fed during the pandemic. To learn more about Andrew Molen, his impact, and his restaurants, click here.