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On Monday, the Texas governor activated the state's entire National Guard in order to help with rescue efforts. Photograph courtesy of the Texas National Guard via Flickr / Creative Commons

More Than A Dozen Local Restaurants & Breweries Donating to Harvey Relief Efforts

Providing aid to those affected by Harvey can be as easy as dining out.

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Harvey—once a Category 4 hurricane, then a tropical storm, and now a tropical depression—has devastated Texas with torrential rains and historic flooding. In places hit the hardest, Harvey set a record for rainfall in the continental U.S., with 51.88 inches of rain reported. The storm has displaced tens of thousands of Texans in Houston, the surrounding suburbs, and coastal cities, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says that about 230 Texas shelters are holding more than 30,000 people, a number that’s expected to rise as rescue efforts continue.

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.

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Ocean Prime1465 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 restaurants 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 that will go toward The American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar | 1747 Wynkoop St.

When: The entire month of September, with increased donations from September 4–5
What:
One dollar from every Goodnight / Good Cause Burger (all month); all sales from the Goodnight / Good Cause Burger, and Tito’s will donate $1 for every drink made with Tito’s Vodka (Sept. 4–5)
Donating to:
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

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Hopdoddy, next to Union Station, will be fundraising for flood relief throughout the month of September. But they’re raising the stakes on September 4–5, when the entire price of Hopdoddy’s Goodnight / Good Cause Burger will be donated to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Tito’s Handmade Vodka has also pledged to donate $1 (up to $10,000) for every Tito’s-based drink sold over those two days.

Uptown Neighbors Help After Harvey Day

When: September 6
What: 15 percent of the day’s sales from all participating restaurants
Donating to: Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

A slew of Uptown restaurants are teaming up for a day-long fundraiser on September 6. Ace Eat Serve, Beast & Bottle, Coperta, Olive & Finch, Park & Co., Steuben’s Uptown, and Tony P’s all have agreed to donate 15 percent of Wednesday’s sales to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Just be sure to eat at the Uptown or 17th Street locations for all of these shops, as only these locations will be participating.

Yellowbelly | All locations

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When: September 6
What:
100 percent of the day’s profits
Donating to:
The American Red Cross for Texas Flood Relief

When flooding hit the Front Range in 2013, Boulder accumulated more than 17 inches of rain in eight days. Hundreds of homes were destroyed or damaged, including Yellowbelly co-founder Michael Friedberg’s childhood home. In an effort to give back to those affected by Harvey, Friedberg has decided to donate 100 percent of the restaurant’s profits on September 6 to the American Red Cross. “My parents’ basement was under four feet of water,” he wrote in an email to 5280. “We lost so much! We are in a good position to give back. Not because we are a big company that can afford to, but because we are dry.”

Bonanno Auction: Dinner for Four in Larimer Square

When: The auction is accepting bids until September 6
Possible Dining Destinations: Osteria Marco or Russells Smokehouse
What: All proceeds from the auction will go toward relief efforts
Donating to: Americares

If you’re already looking to donate a sizable amount to relief efforts, then this auction hosted by Bonanno Concepts may be the way to go. Bidders have the chance to win a table for four at Osteria Marco or Russell’s Smokehouse during the popular Dining al Fresco event on September 9. Bidding starts at $250, and all proceeds will go to Americares, which is providing medical aid and outreach to Harvey survivors.

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CAN’d Aid Foundation

When: Ongoing
What:
Through the foundation, Oskar Blues Brewery has raised more than $10,000 and plans to send 88,800 cans of drinking water to affected areas
Donating to:
Harvey survivors

Survivors in southeastern Texas will likely face another cruel obstacle even after the rain stops: access to clean water. Fortunately, Colorado brewers are doing what they can to help. Oskar Blues Brewery, through the Can’d Aid Foundation, halted beer production as it canned 88,800 cans of clean drinking water for survivors. Anheuser-Busch and the Denver-based MillerCoors are also providing water to affected communities. You can help by donating funds to the foundation to support the cost of getting clean water to the area.

Snooze | Multiple locations

When: September 8
What:
10 percent of the day’s sales from all Snooze locations
Donating to:
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

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Snooze has two restaurants in Houston and opened up both locations on Wednesday for five hours, during which time it served free food from a limited menu and accepted donations. Although one of the Houston shops had to be evacuated, Snooze managed to raise $13,688 by the end of Thursday. On September 8, Denver residents will have a chance to contribute, as Snooze locations nationwide—including the three locations in Denver—will donate 10 percent of the day’s sales to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

Annette | 2501 Dallas St., Aurora

When: August 29 through Labor Day
What: 10 percent of total sales
Donating to: Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Annette is in the midst of a week-long fundraiser to support those affected by Harvey. Ten percent of the restaurant’s total sales from August 29 through Labor Day will be donated to the Houston-based Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. To cap it off, Annette, which is normally closed on Mondays, is hosting a Labor Day brunch on September 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Del Frisco’s Grille and Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse | 100 St. Paul St. and 8100 E. Orchard Rd.

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When: August 31 through September 4
What: 20 percent of all sales
Donating to: Houston-area food banks

Del Friscos goal is to donate more than $1 million to various food banks in the greater-Houston area. The nationwide chain has 53 restaurants (two in Denver), and although they wont be offering discounts on their food, 20 percent from all sales will be donated—in case you needed another reason to treat yourself.

Cheluna Brewing Co.2501 Dallas St., Aurora

When: Labor Day weekend
What: 
10 percent of the weekend’s sales 
Donating to: 
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Cheluna co-owner Jennifer Pérez’s mother is a Houston resident who is staying in Denver until it’s safe for her to return to her home. Head on over to Cheluna and drink a few pints to do your part to get her there.

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