Entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis gives Steve’s Hot Dogs $20,000 to serve those in need


ST. LOUIS – There isn’t a small business in America right now that couldn’t use an extra $20,000. A famous entrepreneur is helping a local business keep its doors open while they continue to help others. 

When the pandemic began, Steve’s Hot Dogs owner Steve Ewing says his business was selling around 300 dogs at day at its highest point and around 50 dogs at its lowest point. But that didn’t stop him from continuing to try to help feed those in need while keeping his doors open and work for his employees. 

Marcus Lemonis, best known for his show “The Profit,” has awarded St. Louis’ own Steve’s Hot Dogs $20,000 to prepare meals for the community.

During an Instagram Live Plating Change session, Lemonis gave $100,000 to small businesses, including Steve’s Hot Dogs, to fill an order to feed community members in need.

“We knew we had to feed first the kids out of school. So, we started a Feed the People program and people can donate and then we made meals and got those out,” Ewing said. “So, the grant helped us out just by keeping people on the payroll because the need was still there, so it helped out big time.” 

This $20,000 “large catering order” came after the restaurant expressed financial hardships because of the pandemic.

Ronald Alley came all the way from Winfield on Tuesday to get some Steve’s Hot Dogs. He says he made the long drive for a couple of reasons: he likes the hot dogs and supporting local businesses.

“I know how much he does and what they do for St. Louis and all the first responder stuff,” he said. “So, it’s always good to support them.”

Steve’s Hot Dogs will be partnering with local organizations in the community to fulfill this order, including:

Tent Mission
Zion Lutheran Church
St. Joseph Food Pantry
Wesley House
St. Patrick’s Center
South County YMCA Program

“My goal is to keep Main Street USA alive and well during the economic troubles that COVID-19 has brought to our small business owners,” Lemonis said. “I also want to thank the restaurants and staff that have unselfishly supported this initiative to feed our most vulnerable community members.”

Lemonis launched the “Plating Change” program through the Lemon-Aid Foundation with a $1M donation to help support local restaurants and communities.

To donate to the program, visit wck.org/platingchange.

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