Restaurant Neighbor Award

Celebrating community service and philanthropy

2019 applications are closed. Winners will be notified early 2019.  

The Restaurant Neighbor Award is an awards program from the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) and American Express to honor restaurants for outstanding community involvement and innovative community programs. There are three national finalists — one small business, one mid-size business and one large business/national chain.  Three national winners receive $10,000 to support their favorite charity or non-profit. Videos highlighting each finalist will be shown at the award ceremony.

2018 Restaurant Neighbor Award Recipients

Anna Maria Oyster Bar

Bradenton, Florida

The owners of the four-unit Anna Maria Oyster Bar have always put one philanthropic cause at the head of the class—benefiting the education of the community, especially its under- privileged citizens.

In 2017, owners John and Amanda Horne embarked on a pioneering concept that demonstrates how restaurants  and other businesses in any community  can improve grade-level  reading for students.  The Campaign  for Grade-Level  Reading  is a collaborative  effort that ensures more low-income students will succeed in school.

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Wildflower Bread Company


Founded by Tracy and Louis Basile, Wildflower is a family-owned business operating 16 fast casual restaurants  and a central production  facility that produces naturally leavened artisan breads and specialty cakes. Wildflower Bread Company was founded on the philosophy that treating their employees (aka Breadheads), guests and community like they are family would cre- ate a brand that truly makes a difference.  Wildflower’s four principal pillars of giving support are food insecurity, education, women and animal advocacy, all supported through the Wildflower Cares Foundation.

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Burger King McLamore Foundation

Locations Nationwide

Named after Burger King co-founder  James W. McLamore,  the Foundation  has helped more than 700,000 children and families. “In a little over a decade we’ve awarded more than $32 million dollars supporting more than 30,000 students,” said Israel.

In Florida alone, the Miami-based Burger King McLamore Foundation has awarded $3.6 million dollars to deserving Florida seniors since 2005.

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