KC restaurants to raise money for Coach's employees with dining fundraiser

Posted at 2:05 PM, Aug 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-16 13:21:17-04

The owners of Coach's Bar and Grill and their 35 employees have been out of work since massive flooding in late July. Now, fellow restaurant and eatery owners are coming to the rescue. 

They are raising money for Coach’s employees that were displaced after the restaurant flooded.

Kansas City Originals, a nonprofit independent restaurant association, is organizing the “Come To The Table For Coach’s” dining benefit for Thursday, August 17. Participating locations will donate 10 percent of their sales from that day. The money will go into a fund that the owners of Coach's are managing, and it will be distributed to the employees. 

More than 65 metro restaurants and eateries are participating in the fundraiser.

Michael Forbes Cross, the owner of Michael Forbes restaurant, is thrilled to be participating. His restaurant was gutted by fire more than two years ago, and it was closed for five months.

Cross understands what not having a regular pay check is like. 

"People in the restaurant business are like family; we help each other," said Cross. 

For a full list of participating restaurants and eateries, click here. To see which restaurant is closest to you, check the map below. 

Map of participating locations courtesy Kansas City Originals

Kansas City Originals said the list and map will be updated as new restaurants join.

If you can’t make it to one of the restaurants, you can make donations directly to the fund by mailing a check or money order to Kansas City Originals with a memo or notation of “Coach’s Fundraiser” by no later than Friday, August 18, mailed to:

Spilker McKeone & Nelson
C/O Kansas City Originals
408 SE 3rd Street
Lee's Summit, MO 64063

If you are a restaurant, bakery, or any other eatery and are interested in participating, click here to register.

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