Restaurants team up for Sept. 11 victims
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Today, restaurants nationwide will offer a variety of ways for the public to participate, ranging from the creation of special meals to the donation of all proceeds from the day's sales.
"The list of participating restaurants is growing every day," said Ed Wary, Hawai'i's representative to the restaurant association and owner of the Dixie Grill and Auntie Pasto's restaurants.
All Compadres Bar & Grill restaurants will donate all operating profits for the day, and employees have pledged a portion of their tips, said owner Rick Enos.
Most of the money raised will go to the Red Cross Relief Fund, and the balance to the families of New York Fire and Police departments and World Trade Center restaurant employees.
Wary said he has been impressed with the spirit of giving in Hawai'i's restaurant community. Everyone is saying, 'What can we do to help?' "
Among those donating all gross revenues from today will be Ryan's in Ward Centre, Kincaid's in Ward Warehouse and Palomino in Harbor Court, all owned by Restaurants Unlimited Inc., and all Outback Steakhouse locations on O'ahu and Maui.
Many Restaurant Row tenants will participate by providing live entertainment in the center court from 7 to 9 p.m. and by offering individual specials at Pavao Thai, Ocean Club, Sansei and Kengo's.
Nick's Fishmarket in Waikiki is donating all proceeds from dessert sales. All Ruth's Chris Steak House restaurants will donate a percentage of sales for the day. Indigo Restaurant plans to donate all dessert proceeds from lunch and dinner, and its employees have pledged a portion of their tips.
The Old Spaghetti Factory in Ward Warehouse will match donations made by diners or employees.
In Wahiawa, Jimmy's Lakeside Cafe is holding a special pupu party from 4 to 7 p.m., and all proceeds will be donated. Dot's Restaurant will donate 20 percent of sales from today.
At the same time that many of America's restaurants are participating in the Dine America program, others are focusing their efforts on the Windows of Hope Family Relief Fund, which will aid families of all members of the food and drink industry lost in the World Trade Center tragedy.
Among these are Alan Wong's and Beau Soleil, where a portion of today's proceeds at the restaurant will go to that fund.