Just days before our most recent Dine Originals Week restaurant week, in the wake of two devastating hurricanes, our Dine Originals Columbus board president Tom Anthony issued a call to our member restaurants. He asked restaurants to consider making a donation to food banks in the areas recently affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma (Hurricane Maria was, at this point, still brewing in the Atlantic).
In part, his message read, “At times, it feels so overwhelming to know where to begin or even think how we can make an impact in the face of such large-scale devastation. Our restaurants are part of the fabric of the city of Columbus. Dollars spent at our restaurants stay in our community and benefit our neighbors. I would like to show that our restaurants can, in turn, band together and assist communities outside Columbus during times of great need.”
The response was incredible. In just over 24 hours, our restaurants had pledged over $5,000 in donations. By the end of Dine Originals Week, 10 restaurants had come together to donate $7,000 to local food banks in Texas and Florida.
“I was overwhelmed and inspired by the response from our restaurants. They stepped up and gave,” Anthony says. “Each one of our restaurant owners has a huge heart, and we have shown that we are stronger together.”
Dine Originals Columbus has sent equal donations earmarked for disaster relief efforts to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida—which, in addition to serving Floridians affected by Hurricane Irma is also providing assistance to Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria—and the Houston Food Bank. Both food banks have earned a top four-star rating by Charity Navigator, an independent charity watchdog organization.
Thanks to the incredible generosity of the following restaurants: Barcelona, Basi Italia, Chile Verde Cafe, Due Amici, Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus, Figlio Wood-Fired Pizza, G. Michael’s Bistro & Bar, Katzinger’s Delicatessen, Local Roots, Paddock Pub, The Refectory Restaurant, The Top Steakhouse, Vino Vino and The Wine Bistro, as well as our partners at Experience Columbus.