Denver restaurants are stepping up after yet another hurricane battered the Caribbean and Southeast U.S. last week. Irma made landfall in the Leeward Islands, which include the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, as a Category 5 hurricane. It struck Florida as a Category 4 hurricane, and as of Friday it had left millions of people across Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas without electricity.
For those of you looking to help, here’s a list of fundraisers and other contributions local restaurants and breweries are making to help relief efforts. This list may grow as other businesses finalize their plans, so be sure to check back.
Ocean Prime | 1465 Larimer St.; Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern | 14613 Orchard Parkway, Westminster
When: September 18
What: All profits from the day’s sales
Donating to: The American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund
Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (CMR), a restaurant group that operates dozens of eateries across the nation, pledged to donate all of its sales from September 18 to relief efforts for both Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Denver residents can participate by going to either Ocean Prime or Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern. The goal, says CMR spokeswoman Ali Randall, is to raise at least $150,000.
The Post Brewing Company and The Post Chicken & Beer | Lafayette, Rosedale, and Longmont locations
When: From September 13 to October 13
What: 100 percent of proceeds from all Dark ‘N’ Stormy sales
Donating to: Kenny Chesney’s “Love for Love City” foundation
Reuters reports that Irma brought peak sustained wind speeds of 185 mph to the Leeward Islands, with some gusts reaching 225 mph. That’s similar to an F-3 tornado, which has enough force to uproot trees and tear the roof off a house. To help some of these islands recover, head to Post Brewing Company locations in Lafayette, Rosedale, and Longmont through October 13, where 100 percent of the proceeds from all Dark ‘N’ Stormy sales will go toward disaster relief for the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.
Park Burger | RiNo, Hilltop, and Platt Park locations
When: Through the month of September
What: $1 from every burger-of-the-month sold
Donating to: Relief for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, as well as the wildfires in the Northwest
Normally, all of Denver’s Park Burger locations donate $1 from its burger-of-the-month to local charities. For September, though, the donations will go toward helping survivors of both Harvey and Irma, as well as relief efforts for the wildfires to the northwest. Ask for the Back to School Burger, which is this September’s burger-of-the-month. Monies raised will go to Unicef U.S.A.
Den Corner Restaurants | Sushi Den Parking Garage Rooftop (corner of Florida Avenue and Pearl Street in Platt Park)
When: October 3 and 4
What: Donations from the annual Den Rooftop Party
Donating to: A specific organization is TBD, but the donations will go toward hurricane relief in Florida and Texas
Last year, the annual party donated to recovery and relief efforts in Kumamoto, Japan, where Den Corner Restaurant owners Toshi and Yasu Kizaki grew up. This time around, the Kizakis have promised to donate a share of those funds to relief efforts from Harvey and Irma. 20 guest chefs from Japan will bring Yatai—street food stands specializing in ramen—to Denver. That food, along with bottomless drinks, is included in the $75 price of admission.
Full disclosure: 5280 Magazine is a co-sponsor of the Den Rooftop Party.
Can’d Aid Foundation
What: Cans of clean drinking water
Donating to: Survivors in areas hit by both Harvey and Irma
Although the rains from Irma didn’t come close to the staggering amount seen in Houston, parts of Florida still saw upwards of 15 inches in rainfall. As reports of Houston’s unsafe drinking water come in, what’s clear is that access to clean drinking water will be an issue for survivors in flooded areas. To that end, the Oskar Blues Brewery-owned Can’d Aid Foundation has sent 220,200 cans of clean water to Texas and 163,200 to Florida. The foundation is also matching donations under $50,000 to fund volunteer efforts.