Café Sbisa to donate October proceeds to Hurricane relief in Puerto Rico


Café Sbisa will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from their October sales to the Hurricane Maria recovery effort. - COURTESY CAFE SBISA
  • Café Sbisa will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from their October sales to the Hurricane Maria recovery effort.

For the month of October, French Quarter restaurant Cafe Sbisa (1011 Decatur St., 504-522-5565)  will donate all proceeds after costs to the Hurricane Maria recovery effort.

The Decatur Street restaurant announced the donation in a statement this week, which said that the proceeds will be donated to Cajun Airlift, the organization comprised of local and out-of-state pilots who are transporting and delivering supplies to victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. The organization was formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, when more than 50 pilots delivered 25,000 pounds of supplies to communities in Texas devastated by the floodwaters from the storm.

Other area nonprofits are working with Cajun Airlift in the effort, including
The Baton Rouge Emergency Aid Coalition, Physician Relief Network and the Medical Disaster Response Network.

The donation comes at the one-year anniversary mark for Cafe Sbisa, which re-opened last year after being shuttered for more than a decade. The restaurant was forced to close in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the federal levee failures, which rendered the businesses inoperable.

“As I continue to watch what the victims of Hurricane Maria are going through, I’m immediately brought back to the days and weeks following (Hurricane) Katrina,” said  executive chef and co-owner Alfred Singleton. “Our city was virtually destroyed — particularly the Lower Ninth Ward, the area I grew up in — but we were fortunate enough to have other caring communities to lean on and that helped us get back on our feet. Now it’s my turn to help others and this is the best way I know how."

Singleton, who worked at the restaurant prior to Katrina, re-opened the restaurant with co-owner Craig Napoli last October.

"“The generosity of Cafe Sbisa comes at a crucial time where people, everyday essentials and most importantly, medical supplies and personnel, need to be transported to Puerto Rico and even more importantly, within Puerto Rico,” said Chanse Watson, Cajun Airlift co-founder. "Funding will help to cover fuel and other aircraft expenses so our pilots are able to continue donating their time and efforts to those struggling in the most devastated areas,"

Cafe Sbisa is open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday, and for brunch Sunday mornings. For more information, or to make reservations, visit the restaurant’s website here.

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