“After seeing the fires weren’t dying down, it became a more highly organized effort with the cooperation of the fire department,” Maria Pourteymour of Luna Grill says.
For Maria Pourteymour and many of her Luna Grill team members, the transition from normal daily operations to emergency community volunteers happened almost instantly. The family-owned fast-casual restaurant chain with 11 locations in and around San Diego was put to the test in mid-May when wildfires swept through the area. Two stores were forced to close and evacuate, and others became meet-up spots with free beverages for local residents forced to evacuate their homes and watch the ...
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