The DC Restaurant Group owns a number of eateries in the area -- including The Front Page, Madhatter, and Bottom Line -- and each one will be holding fundraisers for those closed restaurants that sustained flood damage.
It all started because one of the DC Restaurant Group's owners, Jorge Fernandez, is a longtime friend of Nick Cibel, co-owner of several restaurants in Georgetown Harbour. "We wanted to raise money for the staff, to help them out for the month or so that it will take to rebuild the restaurants," says Emily Garber, an events manager for Front Page.
The first of the events is today at The Front Page in Arlington -- off the Ballston Metro stop -- starting at 4:30. Staff will sell wristbands that get buyers specific drink specials until 9 p.m., with all of the proceeds going employees of to Nick's Riverside Grill. Future fundraisers are expected to be held at The Madhatter and some of the other DC Restaurant group spots.
Donations can also be made at any of the group's restaurants to help workers at the businesses at Washington Harbour that flooded when the Potomac River topped its banks last week.