PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It’s been several weeks since a massive fire forced popular South Street restaurant Bridget Foy’s to temporarily close its doors.
Now dozens of other eateries throughout Philadelphia are joining forces to help the owners and employees get back on their feet.
“We wanted to have a dinner and a benefit to help those affected by the Bridget Foy’s fire,” explains Michael Harris with the South Street Headhouse District.
So the Bridget Foy’s Fire Relief Benefit will take place Wednesday night from 6-9pm at the Headhouse shambles.
“Thirty restaurants are going to be there sampling, some of the top restaurants in the city,” says Harris. “There’ll be alcohol service all night, we’re going to have music there, we’re going to have a live auction, silent auction.”
Harris says there’s been a noticeable void at 2nd and South Streets since the fire on October 25th.
“The Queen Village and South Street community lost a real anchor,” he says. “It takes a little energy out of the area and liveliness out of the area.”
So there’s no surprise the community wants to lend a helping hand.
“This has really been kind of amazing how much people have offered to help and wanted to find ways to help,” says Harris.
“I live opposite Bridget Foy’s restaurant and watching what happened that night was an awful and sobering experience, looking at it with industry eyes,” adds George Reilly, owner of neighboring Twisted Tail. “We see each other, spend time at each other’s establishments and that creates a respect and a bond that connects the city together. I am really happy to see the response of not only the neighborhood restaurants, but that of the larger community throughout the city, reaching out to express their want to help and participate in this benefit event.”
Proceeds from the event will also benefit the Red Cross and the Doggie Style pet shop next to Bridget Foy’s, which was also damaged in the fire.
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