Brickhouse 40 to host turkey dinner for those in need
November 24, 2009
A hardware store and restaurant in Granby are teaming up to provide a free Thanksgiving dinner to anyone who may be spending the holiday alone or who is struggling to make ends meet this holiday season.Deno Kaplanis of Brickhouse 40 is departing from his regular Mediterranean menu for the day and planning a traditional Thanksgiving sit-down dinner for anyone who walks through the doors of his Granby Main Street restaurant. Doors open at noon and close “whenever we run out of food or 3 p.m.,” said his wife Amy Kaplanis of Country Ace Hardware, Granby.Donations from the two businesses, plus donations from restaurant food vendors and proceeds from a “Ladies Night Out” holiday event held at the hardware store last Thursday, are making the event possible, she said. Amy Kaplanis said she’s seen the impact of the economy in a community once dependent on the construction industry. “People we used to see come into the store all the time, now we don’t see as much,” she said. The community dinner, she said, is the store’s chance to “give back.”The couple has recruited volunteers to seat and serve guests dining at Brickhouse on Thanksgiving. Restaurant kitchen staff members also have offered to volunteer their work, Amy Kaplanis said.”It’s been a tough year for everyone up here,” she said. “We want this to be seen as a community event, and we want people to think of it like that, rather than just a free handout. We’re all pulling together to celebrate Thanksgiving.”The Kaplanises said they hope this Thanksgiving dinner fulfills the need this holiday and in following years, grows into a “community-sponsored event.” – Tonya Bina can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.