Local Restaurants Join Forces for Fire Relief Fundraiser

will gilsonWill Gilson, chef-owner of Puritan & Co. Photo by Adrianne Mathiowetz.

Over a dozen restaurants are teaming up this weekend to host a fundraiser to support the 22 people displaced by a four-alarm fire on Cambridge and Hunting Streets earlier this month.

Each of the participating restaurants will set up a table with small bites at the FSA Culture Center (575 Cambridge St.) on Feb. 2 at 6 p.m., and there will also be cocktails, beer, and cider on offer from Lamplighter Brewing Co., Bantam Cider, and Beam Suntory. Each $40 admission ticket will go to the Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund.

Many of the participating businesses are located in the East Cambridge and Wellington-Harrington neighborhoods: Puritan & Company, BISq, Lone Star Taco Bar, Atwood’s Tavern, Portugalia, Highland Fried, Bambara, and Elmendorf Baking Supplies. The fire brings back memories of the 10-alarm fire that hit the area in late 2016, says Puritan & Company Chef-Owner Will Gilson, who is organizing the fundraiser.

“We’re really trying to just help people as quick as we can, to help get them back on their feet,” he says. “We know that one event is not going to replace people’s memories and possessions, but at the very least it will help.”

“This is what it’s like to be a part of a restaurant neighborhood community—every single one of these restaurants volunteered their time, and their food, and their efforts to help people who they may have never met before,” he adds.

The East Cambridge Fire Fundraiser will run from 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 2 at the FSA Culture Center, located at 575 Cambridge St. To purchase a ticket, visit the fundraiser’s Eventbrite page.