Rising from the rubble - Green Gables’ burgers on the grill again to raise money
BLOOMINGTON (Heart of Illinois ABC) - Extending a helping hand, one locally-owned eatery held a fundraiser for a different restaurant in McLean County. For this one evening, the farm-to-table establishment served burgers.
It wasn’t your typical Wednesday night or menu at Epiphany Farms Restaurant.
“I knew that Green Gables was pretty well known, but not like this,” said Green Gables owner, Amy Tague.
Hundreds of people showed up to support and raise funds for Green Gables.
“It is just completely overwhelming and amazing,” said Tague.
The Hudson restaurant was destroyed in a fire two weeks ago. Tague says the proceeds from the event are going toward staff paychecks and rebuilding costs.
“Even though we had it insured for a great amount, it’s with today’s cost, we’re going to try to pinch money,” said Tague.
Epiphany Farms allowed Green Gables’ staff to come in and cook their own menu items in its kitchen.
“To be here and be in McLean County and support another iconic independent restaurant, I think it’s really great we have the ability to do that,” said Epiphany Farms co-owner, Ken Myszka.
Tague says she ordered all of their ingredients to feed about 600 people.
“We got a hold of our food distributors to place our orders and we got all our normal Green Gable ingredients in,” said Tague.
Hudson resident, Kim Riley, came out to support one of her favorite restaurants.
“The food was just, it can’t be beat,” said Riley.
She’s spent the last 10 years going to Gables every Wednesday.
“We want to do whatever we can to support them and we care about the staff,” said Riley.
With community support, Tague says they are working to rebuild. In the meantime, she says they are looking at food truck to get by for the summer.
“We have some ideas going,” said Tague.
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