City News Service
ORANGE — A restaurant in the city of Orange decided to send all of its profits for Monday to victims of the earthquake in Japan, with even the wait staff donating all of their tips.
Haven Gastropub, 190 S. Glassell St., did a similar fundraiser last year for victims of the earthquake in Haiti and raised nearly $11,000, said Executive Chef Greg Daniels. Daniels and his partners Wil Dee and Ace Patel hoped to beat that mark this time.
“Our restaurant is doing really well and we’d like to give back,” Daniels said. “We saw this as a good opportunity to step in and do what we could.”
Many customers dropped when they heard their dollars would go to help the victims in Japan, Daniels said.
“It’s much busier than a normal Monday,” Daniels said, adding, “We’re probably three times as busy as our normal lunch crowd.”
One couple who heard about the fundraiser drove all the way from Riverside, Daniels said.
The restaurant will just cover its costs for rent and food and liquor costs and then give the rest to a fund set up through Mercy Corps.
“Our employees are all willing to help, as well. They’re donating their time and tips to go toward the efforts,” Daniels said.