Legendary Lower East Side appetizing shop Russ & Daughters has teamed with with actor and fan Jake Gyllenhaal to vend a tie dye t-shirt. Available only via Goldbelly,the limited-edition collaborative t-shirt will sell for $40, with 100% of the proceeds will go to the Independent Restaurant Coalition, a nonprofit group leading lobbying efforts to save independent restaurants harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In early April, Gyllenhaal and his own tie-dyed Russ & Daughters t-shirt went viral, when he did the shirtless handstand challenge popular on TikTok using the shirt representing the beloved New York City brand.
The new 100% cotton t-shirt is modeled after Gyllenhaal’s own, with a salmon-colored spiral tie-dye pattern on a white background with the blue Russ & Daughters logo on the front. Shirts are dyed by hand, so the pattern may slightly vary, making each limited-edition item even more special. The t-shirt will be available through the end of August, in sizes small through XXL. Shipping nationwide is free, except to Alaska and Hawaii, which incur an additional $35 charge.
Wearing the limited-edition t-shirt from the 106-year-old restaurant will symbolize restaurant lovers standing with their favorite independent restaurants to help save and support them in a trying time. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Independent Restaurant Coalition estimates that 85% of independent restaurants may close by the end of the year, without significant federal aid. The group is currently lobbying for this type of national support, calling on Congress to approve a $120 billion “Restaurant Stabilization Fund” that will lend funds to restaurants in need. Current donations to the organization, including those made with this collaboration, will be used to continue to fight for federal support.
Along with Gyllenhaal, several celebrities have lended their voice and personalities to help support restaurants in 2020. Celebrity chef and Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio has been a face of the movement, along with co-star and Taste The Nation creator Padma Lakshmi. In early August, chef Andrew Zimmern paired up with actor Morgan Freeman to create a PSA on why the federal government needs to save restaurants. “Neighborhood restaurants are the lifeblood of our communities,” Freeman narrates in his powerful, recognizable voice in the video. “They are where we come together and make life-long memories — and right now they are facing extinction.”
Those eager to support Russ & Daughters specifically, or just get a taste of the iconic Lower East Side eager, can purchase the legendary smoked fish, bagels, baked goods and many more edible products and giftable items via Goldbelly. Food can be added directly to the t-shirt order, for an extra special treat delivered to your door.