Michael Symon might be in New York this week taping The Chew, but that doesn't mean he isn't following the news of the West Side Market fire with a heavy heart.
"It's just horrible, especially for the vendors," he told me. "At my restaurants, if we shut down, we have insurance for lost sales. A lot of these vendors are too small and don't make enough money for that type of insurance."
While the length of the closure is still uncertain, one thing is for sure: Symon, once again, will do what he can to help.
"What I'm trying to do is go above the political bullshit and get something together quickly while the market is still on the tops of everybody's minds," he explains. "Fortunately, the 100th anniversary brought a lot of positive attention to the market and many more people, because of that, now know how great of a place it is."
Symon says that he'll be working with local restaurants and citizens to raise money that will go directly to the vendors. Details will be coming together over the next few days. Stay posted to his Facebook page and Twitter feed for details.