Editor’s note: This article has been updated since its original posting to add more restaurants to the list.
With Texans still grappling with the loss and destruction suffered as a result of Hurricane Harvey, Louisianans are doing whatever they can to help. We’ve been there, after all. While the Cajun Navy rescued flood victims, groups across Louisiana traveled to Texas to assist in preparing and serving food to first responders and flood victims.
Several Baton Rouge restaurants have taken the initiative to help out in their own way, either through monetary donations or by collecting supplies to deliver. Either way, we’re grateful to live in an action-oriented city that comes together in the wake of disaster and is always ready to lend a hand.
Here are a few places that made contributions to our western neighbor in its time of need. Know of other local restaurants and food businesses that are helping out? Let us know in the comments!
Calandro’s is partnering with Associated Grocers Baton Rouge and Associated Food Stores for the “Stuff A Truck! Fill A Need!” fundraiser, food and supply drive. Money can be donated at the registers at both Baton Rouge locations: 4142 Government St. and 12732 Perkins Road.
The fundraiser continues through the end of September.
Magpie is partnering with 10 other Baton Rouge businesses to put on a Flood Relief Benefit this Friday at the Commerce Building rooftop 6:30-9 p.m. Proceeds from the event will go toward Hurricane Harvey relief.
Purchase tickets here. The Commerce Building is at 333 Laurel St.
Caliente Mexican Craving
For every sopapilla purchased at Caliente‘s Lee Drive location, the restaurant will donate $5 to the First Baptist Church Baton Rouge’s flood relief efforts.
Tin Roof Brewing Company
Tin Roof teamed up with Hammond’s Gnarly Barley Brewing last week to collect donations and supplies for emergency cooking team The Cajun Gravy, including basic necessities like towels, toiletries and nonperishable food.
Sammy’s donated 5% of its sales across all four locations Aug. 29-30 to the Cajun Navy. Their original Facebook post received 389 shares.
VooDoo BBQ & Grill
The pizza chain with an outpost at the Mall of Louisiana had all five of its Houston area locations and one in Corpus Christi affected by Hurricane Harvey. Throughout September, the restaurant is raising money for No Kid Hungry and for a Hurricane Harvey fund. Grimaldi’s is matching every $5-$10 donation with a Grimaldi’s gift card.
Another Broken Egg Cafe
Another Broken Egg collected donations for the American Red Cross Texas Gulf Coast Region and started its Helping Hands Campaign—for a $1 donation, the eatery will display your signed hand in the cafe.
MJ’s Cafe collected supplies to bring to the Lamar Dixon Expo Center donation area last week.
BRQ Seafood and Barbecue
Last Saturday, the barbecue restaurant on Jefferson Highway hosted an LSU football watch party with a cause. The event offered half-off wings and $2 beer with all proceeds benefiting Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The Baton Rouge Emergency Aid Coalition was on hand, accepting donations for victims.
Know of a restaurant that contributed or continues to contribute toward Harvey flood relief not mentioned here? Let us know in the comments!