Several local restaurants and brewpubs are teaming up on a pop-up fundraiser Wednesday to benefit pandemic-affected hospitality workers on the North Beach.
During these difficult times, they are choosing to give back to some of the workers they feel need it most, according to Brodey Jones, the main organizer behind the event, and owner of the Finch & Bull food truck and Ocean Beach Roasters & Bistro in Ocean Shores.
Aberdeen’s Steam Donkey Brewery, owned and operated by Jon and Stefanie Bennett, is also a co-sponsor as they co-own the food truck with Jones.
The donation-only burger pop-up will be held at the Ocean Pours Taproom in Ocean Shores — at 759 Ocean Shores Blvd. NW — with 100% of the proceeds directly benefiting North Beach restaurant employees affected by the COVID mandates, according to Jones.
The food truck will be serving “straight-up burgers and chips — nothing fancy, just an outright delicious lunch,” stated Jones, who earlier noted that he’s had to reluctantly reduce hours and lay off staff during the pandemic.
“Your choice of toppings are cheese and goop,” he added.
The truck will be there from noon until 3 p.m. (or until the burgers run out) and donations are “cash only, please,” said Jones.
Chris Shifman, co-owner and manager of Ocean Pours Taproom, said Jones was the moving force behind the fundraiser, but he was glad to chip in.
”We’re just kind of donating our grounds, and we’re donating 10% of our proceeds from that day,” he said. “Right now, we’re very fortunate that we have our outdoor beer garden and beer tent. That has allowed us to keep our staff on.”
But a lot of other North Beach restaurants are not in the same boat, said Shifman, and this is a way of “helping some food industry people.”
“If we can give back this way, we will,” he said. “If the government isn’t doing it for us, then we’ll do it for ourselves.”
“Come on out and be hungry,” added Jones, who said he is set up to serve up to 120 burgers that day. “It will be delicious and fun.”