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La Vita in East Haddam receives grant from Barstool Fund amid pandemic crisis


EAST HADDAM, Conn. (WTNH) — Barstool Sports is providing another Connecticut restaurant with a grant amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This time, it’s La Vita in East Haddam.

La Vita has been serving Italian cuisine, including New Haven-style pizza, across from the Goodspeed Opera House for around 20 years.

In a video call with the restaurant owners posted by Barstool on Saturday, the family was overwhelmed by the gift.

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Staff at La Vita tell News 8, getting the funds from Barstool was like winning the lottery.

Alexina Hebert of La Vita said, “I just knew that if, by any chance, we got seen, that this would be such a saving grace for us.”

Herbert’s daughter said, “She emailed him the video on Sunday night, and we heard from Dave on Wednesday night. It was so fast — it was all so fast and crazy.”

La Vita joins a growing list of CT businesses receiving a grant from the Barstool Fund to stay afloat amid the pandemic crisis.

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