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Barcelona Burger and Aliño Pizzeria Combine to Donate to Ukrainian Relief Fund

by | Mar 14, 2022

Pizza Crust Tossing at Aliño Pizzeria

The Barcelona Burger & Beer GardenGarden and Aliño Pizzeria will donate $71,861 to World Central Kitchen towards relief efforts for Ukrainian refugees.

The total includes all revenue from The Barcelona Burger on Tuesday, March 8, all revenue from Aliño Pizzeria on Wednesday, March 9, a matching gift from the restaurants, plus a $5,000 gift from a friend of the restaurants.

Restaurants’ owner, Michal Bay

“The message this week was, ‘Buy a good meal and help Ukrainian refugees.’ And many, many people came through,” says Michal Bay, owner of both restaurants.

A non-profit founded by Chef José Andrés in 2010, World Central Kitchen is first to the frontlines, providing meals in response to humanitarian, climate, and community crises while working to build resilient food systems with locally led solutions. The WCK team is serving fresh meals to refugees in Ukraine, Poland, and Romania fleeing the war, and will expand efforts into Moldova and Hungary.

“We’re so grateful to our customers for stepping up,” says Mr. Bay.  “We are just one community, but we can accomplish so much for others.”

Both restaurants are located at Merino Mill, 500 South Main Street in Mooresville.

Aliño Pizzeria is known for Neapolitan-style pizza made from the best ingredients, prepared simply. In September, Delish named Aliño as “The Pizzeria Everyone is Obsessed with In Your State.”  The Barcelona Burger & Beer Garden serves up the best cheeseburger in North Carolina, according to

Aliño Pizzeria has previously given away about 9,700 complimentary pizzas on COVID Heroes Appreciation Days. Barcelona Burger gave away nearly 2,000 complimentary meals in October to COVID heroes.

Photos courtesy of 9D Creative. 

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