Heading into the holiday season, a bunch of local restaurants and coffee shops are getting into the giving spirit with special offers, retail products, and more, all to help local communities and organizations. Here’s a look at what restaurants are doing to give back with the help of their customers.
Beantowne Coffee House, Kendall Square
Beantowne has launched “coffee for a cause” to assist families displaced by last week’s massive fire in Cambridge.
Co-owners Josh Lewin and Katrina Jazayeri are selling Juliet-themed socks, with proceeds through the end of the year going towards the ACLU.
Casa Verde, Tres Gatos, and Centre Street Cafe
This group of restaurants in Jamaica Plain will donate portions of its holiday season gift card sales to four Boston-area organizations: MIRA (Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition), 826 Boston, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders - GLAD, and the Environmental League of Massachusetts. Through the “Giving Cards” program, the restaurants will donate 5 percent of gift card sales and 10 percent of profits. More details are available on Casa Verde’s Facebook page.
On Monday, December 12, Coppersmith will host a 12 Taps of Christmas party, featuring 12 holiday season beers on draft. The restaurant will assign a different non-profit organization from South Boston to each tap and will donate $1 to each organization for every pour from those taps. Coppersmith will also match the final donation at the end of the night.
An annual tradition returns for Peet’s Coffee, which will donate 10 percent of all coffee bean sales from December 17 to 24 up to $150,000 to five non-profit organizations. The coffee chain also welcomes direct donations from customers at its cafes.
This local burrito chain will host Christmas in the City for an event on Tuesday, December 13 at its Harvard Street restaurant in Brookline. That evening Kris Kringle will step into the role of an Anna’s burrito roller, and the restaurant will donate 100 percent of the evening’s proceeds to Christmas In the City.
This Inman Square spot will also support the Cambridge Mayor’s Fire Relief efforts by donating 100 percent of the proceeds from the restaurant’s fried chicken dish. Further details are available online.
The Watertown restaurant is running its annual toy drive. Additionally, for the month of December, Strip T’s will donate 10% of each gift card sold to Toys for Tots.
Additionally, around 40 restaurants (including Tiger Mama, Blue Ginger, and Penguin Pizza) have partnered with Hearth Shares to allow diners to contribute an additional $1 or more on top of their bills, which will go towards local homeless charities. The program runs through December 25.
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