Metropolitan Grill Teams Up with Seattle Seahawk Russell Wilson to Empower Youth

Donating $25,000 to Russell Wilson’s Why Not You Foundation

SEATTLE – Metropolitan Grill kicks off the football season announcing an exciting partnership with Russell Wilson. In honor of Wilson and his #3 jersey, The Met donates 3% of all gift cards sales ongoing to the Why Not You Foundation, an organization dedicated to creating real and lasting change in the world by motivating, empowering and preparing today’s youth to be tomorrow’s leaders. 

In a private ceremony at Metropolitan Grill last evening after yesterday’s Seahawks’ win against the San Francisco 49ers, Wilson was presented with The Met’s first annual check of $25,000 to his foundation.

Russell Wilson has been a guest, friend, and family member to The Met for several years since joining the Seattle Seahawks. Met diners soon came to learn that they would see the star quarterback at the award-winning steakhouse after each home game

In 2014, at a private gathering hosted by Russell Investments, Wilson announced he was launching his Why Not You Foundation to empower change in the world, one individual at a time, and one child at a time. Several Met Grill managers and staff were present and vowed to help support Wilson’s charity.

“The Met staff is like family to me,” said Wilson. “Sure, the food is delicious, but it’s really the people who make The Met my home. I've been coming here after every game since my rookie year. It's a tradition. Visiting with my family and close friends over a special dinner is something I look forward to each season. We both have strong ties to Seattle Children’s Hospital, and The Met has played a big part in my charity golf tournament, the Wilson Celebrity Invitational, over the years. We're just making our family ties that much stronger with this latest announcement. I am grateful for The Met’s generous donation and commitment to helping make a positive impact in the lives of today’s youth.”

“It is with a great deal of pride that we support the Why Not You Foundation,” said Jim Rowe, President of Consolidated Restaurants, the owner of Metropolitan Grill at last evening’s check presentation. “Russell is a remarkable role model for the youth of today. We give our full-fledged support to his tremendous cause.”

Metropolitan Grill guests can support the Why Not You Foundation by purchasing gift cards online at

About Metropolitan Grill

Metropolitan Grill is consistently rated among the top ten steakhouses in the country. The Met is the only Seattle steakhouse offering a comprehensive, global steak program featuring USDA prime from Washington state’s Double R Ranch, American Wagyu from Snake River Farms, all hand-selected by Corporate Chef Eric Hellner.

Metropolitan Grill has been recognized by Wine Spectator for the “Best of Award of Excellence” in 2016 and as Washington Wine Association’s 2012 Wine Restaurant of the Year. The Met features one of the largest collections of premium West Coast red wines in the world, including its own signature 100 percent Cabernet from the Walla Walla Valley. In the heart of downtown Seattle, Metropolitan Grill is located at Second Avenue and Marion Street. More information can be found here: www.TheMetropolitanGrill.comFacebookInstagram, and Twitter

The Met is owned by Consolidated Restaurants, founded in 1951 by Seattle restaurateur Mr. David Cohn. Heartwood Provisions, Elliott’s Oyster House, Steamer’s Seafood Café, Quincy’s, and Wing Dome are also part of the company. 

About Why Not You Foundation
The Why Not You Foundation is a 501(c)3 charity founded by Seattle Seahawks’ Quarterback Russell Wilson. The Why Not You Foundation’s mission is to empower change in the world one individual and one child at a time. Why Not You? The foundation is dedicated to preparing, motivating and inspiring today’s youth to be tomorrow’s leaders. Russell is committed to the community, making visits to Seattle Children’s, advocating for pediatric cancer through Strong Against Cancer, working with the National Domestic Violence Hotline to Pass the Peace and supporting the work of many other youth-focused non-profit organizations. To learn more visit,