Avocado’s Story + Big Apple TV = GMA Sunday


Avocado’s, a new Redding restaurant, got some Big Apple television attention Sunday.

Little did we know when we posted the story about Avocado’s that the establishment had money troubles during remodeling, so its owners wrote a want ad in search of workers, with a promise to pay when (if) the restaurant succeeded.

Guess what? People responded to the ad and agreed to the deal.

Someone alerted Good Morning America Sunday ABC producers in New York who emailed me last week for contact info for Cory Bonner, who owns Avocado’s with his wife, Elizabeth.  

I forwarded ABC’ request to Bonner.

This clip tells the rest of the story (btw, RIP, Paul Harvey).

The ABC interview – “Recession Restaurant” – was shot inside Avocado’s on Eureka Way in Redding and included Cory Bonner and his wife, along with some of the restaurant’s staff who apparently agreed to work for free, including a guy with a guitar, a man in a chef’s hat and a man in an apron (identified as the restaurant’s dishwasher).

I hope for the sake of everyone involved that Avocado’s succeeds.

Otherwise, that would really be the pits.

Doni Chamberlain

Independent online journalist Doni Chamberlain founded A News Cafe in 2007 with her son, Joe Domke. Chamberlain holds a Bachelor's Degree in journalism from CSU, Chico. She's an award-winning newspaper opinion columnist, feature and food writer recognized by the Associated Press, the California Newspaper Publishers Association and E.W. Scripps. She's been featured and quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, L.A. Times, Slate. Bloomberg News and on CNN, KQED and KPFA. She lives in Redding, California.

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