The Reef set the table for 2,400 guests on Christmas
2009-12-30 · By Editor
Continuing its longstanding tradition, The Reef Restaurant opened its doors on Christmas morning to provide warm holiday meals to local underprivileged and homeless families. In conjunction with the Salvation Army and with help from several volunteers, The Reef served approximately 2,400 people from Long Beach and the surrounding communities in just three hours.
“It means a lot to our company to be able to serve the community at this capacity year after year,” said John Tallichet, Chairman of the Board of Specialty Restaurants Corporation (SRC), the company that owns and operates The Reef. “None of this would be possible without the hard work of The Reef team, the Salvation Army, the Long Beach Fire Department, and of course, all the dedicated volunteers.”
Guests at The Reef were treated to a traditional turkey meal with all the trimmings, a larger-than-life Christmas tree, holiday music, and even a special visit from Santa Claus himself.
Long Beach Firefighters came in their fire truck, bringing hundreds of donated toys along with them. In between seating people, serving the Christmas morning meal, and clearing tables, volunteers took pictures of guests with Santa and the Long Beach Fire Department.
SRC Support Center employees hand-decorated bags that were filled with toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, fruits, and sweet treats to give to the families. After enjoying their meals, each child was given the opportunity to select one toy to take home — a gift they may not have otherwise received this year.
Located on the waters of Long Beach Harbor and Queensway Bay for over fifty years, The Reef Restaurant is a popular location for casual dining, private functions, weddings, and other special events. For more information, visit www.reefrestaurant.com or call (562) 435-8013.