849EIGHT4NINE Restaurant & Lounge celebrated its first year in business with a festive reception for the community on Monday, September 12th. Co-owners Willie Rhine and John Paschal used the occasion to gather food items for The Community Food Bank @ The Center. “We are excited to share this milestone with the community and we felt the occasion was a great opportunity to shine a light on the plight of hunger in our community, so we encouraged our guests who attended our anniversary to bring food items for the food bank,” stated Rhine. “We are so grateful to Greater Palm Springs’ residents and visitors who have warmly embraced EIGHT4NINE Restaurant & Lounge and we are committed to giving back to the community that has fueled our early success,” Rhine added.
With the staggering statistics for restaurant failures, EIGHT4NINE’s early success is especially notable. In addition to its success, EIGHT4NINE has also become an important community partner, hosting fundraising events and contributing in-kind services for a variety of nonprofits.
Among some of the many fundraising events EIGHT4NINE has hosted are: Desert AIDS Project Dining Out For Life, The LGBT Center’s annual Pets on Parade and several more as well as many high profile charity events.
On September 29th,30th and October 1st, EIGHT4NINE hosted the March to Equality Oktoberfest which benefited March to Equality’s virtual march to support full LGBT equality. The vision of the organizers is to collect 50M “steps” through the MarchToEquality.org platform, so that by June 28, 2019 the entire globe will be virtually circumnavigated. This date,
June 28th , 2019, is special as it marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and reflects an important milestone in the LGBT movement.
Also during the holiday season, EIGHT4NINE Restaurant & Lounge will host the 22nd Annual Holiday Wreath Auction benefiting the Palm Springs Animal Shelter and The Center PS.  The Wreath Auction will take place on Monday, December 5th from 5PM – 9PM.  “We are thrilled that after 21 years under the stewardship of Dick Hascamp, during which he raised over $300,000 for charity, he has entrusted us with the Wreath Auction,” stated Rhine  “I am looking forward to taking this fundraiser to the next level, by involving local designers and merchants from the Uptown Design District,” added Rhine.
During its first year, EIGHT4NINE Restaurant & Lounge quickly established itself as a media darling, garnering impressive media coverage around the country. Among the many media accolades EIGHT4NINE Restaurant has received in its first year of business: Open Table’s Top 100 Hottest Restaurants in America; and Winner of Open Table’s Diners Choice. Media coverage includes The New York Times, Forbes Travel Guide; Travel + Leisure, Variety; and Wine Enthusiast among others. An appearance on the hit Bravo TV reality series, The Shahs of Sunset, in its first weeks of operation further burnished the restaurant’s celebrity.
EIGHT4NINE Restaurant & Lounge’s large expansive space offers a glamorously chic décor and friendly vibe which has attracted a bevy of Hollywood celebrities including Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner and his creative team; Ray Romano; Jonathan Silverman; legendary Broadway song and dance man, Tommy Tune, Joanne Worley, Carol Channing, Linda Gray, the Pink Martini band, and many others.
EIGHT4NINE’s eclectic menu features a celebration of West Coast Modern American Cuisine which focuses on both presentation and flavors. Executive Chef Chuck Courtney’s cuisine is executed with skillful finesse achieving delicately balanced flavor profiles.
If you are interested in having a charity event or fundraiser at EIGHT4NINE Restaurant & Lounge, contact 760 325-4490.