Big Serving: Newsom Dining Spot Gets 17X More Than Average Gov’t COVID Cash

Eric Scheiner | December 17, 2020

The high-end French Laundry restaurant where California Gov. Gavin Newsom and San Francisco Mayor London Breed dine during COVID lockdowns, got quite a serving of Payment Protection Program (PPP) loans.

The loans totaled more than $2.4 million, according to an ABC7 KGO-TV analysis of newly-released data from the Small Business Administration.

ABC7's analysis found the company received 17 times more than what the average restaurant in the area received.

At the French Laundry, you can reserve an exclusive outdoor culinary dining experience starting at $450 per person or a White Truffle and Caviar dinner for $1,200 per person, according to reservation services online.

The company's website states the 1,600 square foot building is owned by celebrity chef Thomas Keller. Keller approached 60 investors to launch the restaurant back in 1994.

The PPP loan news comes after photos emerged of Newsom dining with at least 10 other people at the restaurant, breaking state guidelines against private meetings in groups from more than three households. 

Breed then attended a birthday party at the restaurant just a day later.