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Restaurant owner receives business-saving birthday gift from Barstool Sports

Tony Barrasso, owner of Anthony’s Italian Kitchen, received a present from Dave Portnoy of Barstool Sports that he said saved his business.

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Anthony's Italian Kitchen in Portland, Maine has been hit hard by the pandemic, its owner said. The restaurant lost over $300,000 and was months behind on rent.

"I think Tim Soley deserves a big shout out here because he has really kept this place alive and he's a wonderful landlord," said Anthony Barrasso, the owner of Anthony's Italian Kitchen.

Barrasso submitted a video to Barstool Sports for its small business fund. Barstool's CEO Dave Portnoy saw the video and reached out to Tony to share the good news.

"What a feeling that phone call is for you. It's just absolutely magic. It's magic. Somebody's telling you they're going to give you money for a year. And here's what he said Jim, I'm going to help you for one year. I mean that's phenomenal," Barrasso said.

Barrasso will receive $25,000 every month he needs from the Barstool Sports Fund.

"I'm in a numb place right now," Barrasso said. "I don't know quite how to react. And I'm never caught at a loss for words."