APRON is a non-profit group created to provide emergency financial assistance to members of Louisville’s independent restaurant community
The group is having its first Dine Out event on Tue., Dec. 4. On that evening, 20 local restaurants will donate 10 percent of their night’s profits to APRON. Need more incentive to go out for a good cause?
Established earlier this year, APRON has already helped several employees, paying the rent of one employee struggling with cancer, and another who couldn’t work after surgery. It also paid another’s rent when the restaurant he worked for closed unexpectedly, leaving without income to provide for his family.
“A lot of these people are struggling and don’t have a lot saved up to get through emergencies like this,” said Dawn Richardson, who manages private parties for Volare Ristorante and volunteers for APRON. Due to legal restrictions, APRON cannot help with medical bills, she added. “We’ve asked a lot of different restaurants to help out for the Dine Out, and they’ve all gotten on board. Now we hope a lot of people will come to those restaurants.”
And donate to APRON, which customers can do independently. Richardson said servers at each restaurant will instruct patrons how to do that during the Dine Out. Or they can go to APRON’s website and donate there.
Though the event is on a Tuesday night, typically a slow one for restaurants, “we’re really hoping for a good turnout,” Richardson said. “It helps those restaurants, too.”
Restaurants participating in the Dine Out include:
- Baxter Station
- Bourbons Bistro
- Cafe Lou Lou (both locations)
- Dish on Market
- Doc Crow’s
- Gary’s on Spring
- Guaca Mole
- Irish Rover (both locations)
- Martini Italian Bistro
- Molly Malone’s
- Silver Dollar
- St. Charles Exchange
- Uptown Cafe
- Volare Ristorante
For more information, visit www.aproninc.org