RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – It was a little more than a week ago, April 3, that a new bakery in Church Hill – Sub Rosa – was damaged when a fire broke out in one of the upstairs apartments.
Thursday night, a midtown brewery – Hardywood Park Craft Beer – held a benefit for the fire-damaged bakery clear on the other side of town. Huge turnout.
It’s a sign, participants said, of how close-knit Richmond is becoming.
The whole building was condemned, including the bakery and three upstairs apartments.
Immediately, the web page “Friends & Neighbors for Sub Rosa” was launched, $13,000 raised in the first 36 hours.
Even though the building and the business was insured, tenants and employees had nowhere to go. And the three-and-a-half-month-old business had already baked its way into the heart of the community.
On Monday, the Roosevelt restaurant across 25th Street from Sub Rosa, staged a benefit for its neighbor, raising about $4,000.
Most of the proceeds from the benefits are going to help the tenants who were burned out and the bakery employees who haven’t been able to work.
Tony Scott, one of the upstairs tenants, can hardly believe the love he’s felt since the fire.
“There are times I feel like crying,” he said while taking a break from taking photographing that latest exhibit of community spirit. “Like right now.”
Click on the video to check out Thursday’s event at Hardywood Park!