Restaurants lend a helping hand to central Texas flood victims, first responders

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Photo by Jay Janner
Photo by Jay Janner

Photo by Jay Janner

In the aftermath of the floods that wreaked havoc across central Texas over Memorial Day weekend, a number of businesses are stepping up to help the many families, homes and businesses affected.

In addition to donating $100,000 to the Red Cross, Texas fast food favorite Whataburger announced that it will offer free meals to first responders aiding in relief efforts in certain areas until June 9.

Local burger favorite Hopdoddy Burger Bar will be donating all profits from their two Austin locations on June 4 to Barnabas Connection.

All day on June 4 Texas-born chain Chili’s will be sending 15 percent of the sales from their 210 Texas locations to the Central Texas Chapter of the American Red Cross. All customers have to do is mention the Red Cross or the Texas floods.

JuiceLand will donate half of all profits from their monthly special, ‘Wild Child’ (a blend of dragon fruit, mango, banana, pineapple, lime, maca and coconut oil), to Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN).

The Leaning Pear in Wimberley is making meals free for pick up for flood victims and volunteers aiding in the clean up. Starting Thursday and running through Thursday, the Leaning Pear will be donating 100 percent of the sale of from their daily specials, which use donated local ingredients from local farms and ranches to Barnabas Connection.

During the month of June, Swift’s Attic will be donating a portion of the profits from its locally-farmed specials to ADRN.

Instead of a particular day or special, Buzz Mill‘s fundraising campaign is based around a rain catcher, which they recently installed at their East Riverside location. Every time it rains, Buzz Mill will share the progress as well as a link to where fans and customers can donate online to ADRN. When the rain catcher is completely full, Buzz Mill will host a party with donated kegs so customers can instead donate the money they would spend towards disaster relief efforts.

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After concluding the wettest May in Texas history, we rejoice for the filling of our lakes, but must also come together to help those whose lives were damaged in the storm. For the month of June, The Buzz Mill will be working with the Austin Disaster Relief Network specifically with the Memorial Weekend Flood Fund. Our newly built water catcher will track the rainfall, and once achieving critical mass, we will throw a party with free beer to raise money for those in need. ADRN is a local non-profit, and 100% of your dollars will stay focused on this disaster. Please tell your friends and donate now at– #ATX #Austin #Texas #AustinFlood #ADRN

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Check here for the most up-to-date coverage of the missing victims in Hays county and damage throughout central Texas.

This article has been updated to reflect current restaurants offering deals and services. Restaurants that have previously donated time, food or money include Taco Cabana, San Marcos BBQ, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, Doc’s Bar and Grill, Blue Dahlia Bistro and the Saxon Pub. 

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