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Denver restaurants donate proceeds to organizations battling racial inequality

Posted at 6:51 PM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 21:21:28-04

DENVER -- The novel coronavirus pandemic dealt a massive financial hit to restaurants, but some Denver area eateries are still doing what they can in the fight against racial injustice by donating a percentage of sales or tips to various organizations like Black Lives Matter.

"I had to do something and this was the best way I figured I could do something, I think a lot of us in the restaurant industry are on the same page," said Karl Fallenius, owner of Owlbear.

Fallenius is happy to be back at his restaurant after being closed for two and-a-half months but instead of focusing on making up lost revenue, he decided to raise money. His restaurant held a burger pop-up and donated 100% of sales to Black Lives Matter 5280.

On Wednesday, he was busy preparing more than 500 burgers for customers who pre-ordered online. He believes he will be able to donate about $6,000.

"We just need to do whatever we can to try and support the change that will hopefully create more equality in our country," said Fallenius.

Other restaurants are doing their part, too. Middleman recently donated proceeds to the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition and Acorn is donating all tips form takeout orders to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.