The Grilly’s team at work making burritos for Kincade Fire first responders and evacuees. Courtesy images.

PictureGrilly’s owner Jim Revoir.

As Grilly’s owner Jim Revoir saw it, the Pacific Gas & Electric power outage that hit Mill Valley starting Oct. 26 had two immediate repercussion: a huge amount of ingredients would quickly spoil at his Miller Avenue and Fairfax locations, and his teams would have no electricity to be able to open for business.

But Revoir had bigger plans on his mind.

He reached out to the Mill Valley Fire Dept. and Mill Valley Police Dept. and learned that they both had large grills for use in-house and at events like the Mill Valley Volunteer Firefighters Association’s Pancake Breakfast on Memorial Day. MVPD used its pickup truck to deliver the grills to the front patio of his Grilly’s on Miller, where his stalwart kitchen crew went to work. They churned out more than 800 burritos, delivering most of them to some of the more than 4,000 Kincade Fire first responders based out of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s office in Santa Rosa. They also distributed another 50 burritos to fire evacuees at the Albert J. Boro Community Center on Canal Street in the Pickleweed Park section of San Rafael.

“First off, the Mill Valley fire and police departments were just great to lend us their barbecues,” Revoir says. “We really wanted to do something for the firefighters and police officers who were working so incredibly hard to battle the Kincade Fire and patrol and protect the neighborhoods around it.”

“Our lives are so simple compared to what their lives have been like in the middle of all of that,” he adds. “It was quite an effort on their part. What we did was nothing in comparison to what they were dealing with. We were happy to do it.

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