Rebuild Tucker's Restaurant (Vine)

$17,670 of $65k goal

Raised by 317 people in 21 months
Chris Heckman
on behalf of Carla Tucker
 CINCINNATI, OH
Nearly $10,000 in just two days - WE LOVE TUCKER'S!!  The outpouring of support is amazing!!  

When I woke up on Tuesday and heard about the fire, I was devastated and wanted to help.  Just from paying Tucker's low prices and their limited hours, I knew Joe and Carla are not making tons of money.  This is the kind of set back that can close a small restaurant forever.  As you can imagine, Joe and Carla have been overwhelmed by what has happened.  The early estimate was very low, from a fire inspector the night of the fire.  It appears their insurance will not be covering as much as they had hoped.  The family is busy getting estimates, calls, inspections; a realistic rebuild budget will take more time, and I hope to post a statement from the family when they have time to make one.

I started this campaign before I had heard a damage estimate - just on the assumption that any extra money would help as the kitchen is closed and they rebuild.  The $5K initial goal was my arbitrary guess, and donations quickly rose, I increased the goal.   A real kitchen rebuild (replacing damaged appliances, electrical and interior elements, upgrading fire suppression, etc), will likely be far higher.  I'm going to increase the goal to $20,000 - again, without hard numbers.

We all hope that the family and place we love will come through this stronger than ever!  Feel free to keep posting questions/comments.  I'm a stay-at-home dad, so I figured I had more time than most to set this up and help out.  The Tucker's family is thrilled about the outpouring of love and support - they are a community asset we can't picture OTR without!!

Thank you all <3


Last night, the kitchen of Tucker's Restaurant was destroyed by fire.

From the Cincinnati.com article:
"Tucker stood across Vine Street watching firefighters work to clear the smoke out of the restaurant his parents opened in 1957.
"I can't change anything that happened," he said. "I have to see what I can do to get the ball rolling again."

Please consider making a donation to help Joe and Carla get the ball rolling again. Please list your favorite dish in the comments!

It's uncertain how long the restaurant will be closed - anything you can spare will be appreciated!

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2015/07/28/longstanding-over--rhine-restaurant-damaged-fire/30769461/


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Update 8
Posted by Chris Heckman
14 months ago
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Ladies and gentlemen, WE HAVE A PLAN! We've set a date for opening this July and we're going to have a party!

Please come to St. Francis Seraph School at 14 E. Liberty Street on Sunday, Feb 28 for a Pop-up Tucker's, complete with a "favorite hits" menu. Suggested donation is $15. And we've got a few surprise announcements that we know you all will love.

After the Cincinnati magazine article, many people wondered if Tucker's would ever make it back. But our community - you all - have made it clear... We Gotta Have Tucker's!

Kathleen Norris, a realtor who has helped create the restaurant district on Vine Street, helped gather a few teams of people together to form a solid plan for Tucker's reopening. To hear the plan, come to the benefit at St. Francis Seraph, have your favorite Tucker's dish, and donate whatever you can to your favorite OTR diner. And don't forget to share this event page with your friends and family!

https://www.facebook.com/events/224497064562189/

Thanks again for all you do.
Chris
The Tucker's Fundraising team
Pop-up Tucker's- 2.28.16 - Join us!
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Update 7
Posted by Chris Heckman
16 months ago
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On this New Year's Eve, I am asking that you consider giving a small year end gift to the Tucker's rebuild Go Fund Me campaign. Even though the scope of this project is likely beyond what this fund is able to raise, every little bit helps Joe and Carla get closer. They continue to sell gift cards, T-shirts and sweatshirts at Findlay Market every weekend.

Perhaps you got to see the in depth article on Tuckers Restaurant in Cincinnati Magazine? Here is a link http://www.cincinnatimagazine.com/citywiseblog/will-tuckers-ever-rise-from-the-ashes/

Progress is moving along slowly, but the Tucker's are receiving help from friends at all levels of skill. Frank Henson has been helping them manage various aspects of the build out. Right now, Jim McMahon, Dave Watkins and John Lowe are helping to fabricate the range hood and exhaust for the kitchen's new oven.

To pay for an eventual opening in 2016, the Tucker's are in the process of selling a building they own. 1635 Vine Street, right next door to the restaurant. Please direct further inquiries to his real estate agent Kathleen Norris. http://www.loopnet.com/profile/11368928420/Kathleen-Norris/

This has been a very difficult and tiring year for Joe & Carla, but your love and support has really made a huge difference so far. If you are able, please consider one last year end gift to help them begin 2016 in a strong way.

Happy New Year Cincinnati!

Chris
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Update 6
Posted by Chris Heckman
18 months ago
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Hungry for some Tucker's food? Me too. This Sunday, Joe & Carla will be cooking up their delicious veggie chili, beef & vegetable and chicken noodle soups after a very special gospel service at First Lutheran Church (1208 Race Street) starting at 11am. Please visit and share FLC's event page and rsvp through facebook (to help gauge demand :).

https://www.facebook.com/events/1658214594425099/

Come out, show your support, and get your fill of soul music and soul food! The Brotherhood Singers from Northern Kentucky will be performing during FLC's service, and community fellowship & food will be served in the dining hall shortly after.

The event is free and open to anyone. Members of FLC are covering the costs of the food preparation. Free will donations will be accepted, and Joe & Carla will have gift cards and T-shirts available for purchase. Got a question about how the rebuild is going? Come on out and talk to the Tucker's! We'll see you there!
Tucker's food at First Lutheran Church
First Lutheran - 1208 Race Street
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Update 5
Posted by Chris Heckman
18 months ago
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This is a busy weekend for Joe & Carla! Tonight starting at 6:30 they will be at the Northside Tavern on Hamilton Ave, serving up chili, selling T-shirts and gift cards. There's going to be six bands and two performers on the patio - it's a celebration fundraiser! Come out and have some fun + https://www.facebook.com/events/898900583528531/

Tomorrow is the City Flea, and the Tucker's will be in the Taste of Belgium tent, selling gift cards and T-shirts. In Washington Park, 10am - 4pm.

Sunday they will be at Park + Vine for Second Sundays on Main, Noon - 5pm, selling gift cards and T's.

Three great opportunities to see the Tucker's, talk about the rebuild and help contribute!

Thanks again for all you do, and hope to see you out this weekend!

Chris
Tucker's 3-ways to help!
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Renee Laguna
21 months ago
4
4

First Kimberly, anything I give to help the Tuckers is not given blindly. I personally know the Tuckers. They are amazingly giving people. I wouldn't hesitate to give anything I can. Second, this gofundme account wad not set up by the Tuckers but for the Tuckers by a member of the OTR community. I will not humor your ignorance and plain disregard for humanity any further.. Kudos to all who are helping these wonderful people!

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Janet Ach
21 months ago
3
3

Please remember that Carla and Joe always give back to our community.. Through their service to rhe Church, the OTR community, as patrons of Findlay Market and their neighbors. They help others in need, it is only right to help them when they need us. Janet Ach and @Roger Aach

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Megyn Norbut
21 months ago
3
3

I was stoked when they raised it to 10k. I thought the sentiment of raising funds was great but would no way be near enough for any real renovation work which Tucker's will clearly need. This crowd fund was not created by the owners of Tuckers but a community member who wanted us to gather and rally in support of this amazing restaurant and the folks who've been running it for years and the community who gather here.

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Michael Brown
21 months ago
3
3

@Kimberly, you can ask all the question you want; just don't be surprised if some people mistake your motives for asking. On the subject of insurance and just for fun, call your agent and ask about fire insurance on a 100-plus year old building in OTR with grandfathered electrical and other systems. Start a stopwatch when he or she starts laughing and let us know how long the laughter continues. The short answer is that insurance on that sort of building is not available until it has been substantially rehabbed. In a comment between your and Renee's last comments, I gave my estimate for what it will take to repair the damage as it has been described.

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Michael Brown
21 months ago
2
2

I have spent more hours in that kitchen than anyone (excluding family members and employees, of course). From the description of the damage, this is a $25,000 repair bill -- or more.

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Renee Laguna
21 months ago
2
2

Wait, Kimberly... Who are you and why do you need an explanation? Recovering from a fire is a very hard and expensive thing. Donate or don't, end of story. The Tucker's are amazing people and I'm sure they are eternally gratefully for all the help people are willing to give.

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Dan Kaeser
21 months ago
2
2

And Katie gave you a very detailed and "legit" answer. $5k estimate is extremely low.

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Keith Pandolfi
21 months ago
1
1

This is amazing. So excited to see such an outpouring of support for the Tucker family. They've dedicated their lives to OTR during both good times and bad, and they deserve all the help they can get.

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Katie Cappel
21 months ago
1
1

The damage estimate was extremely low, the commercial grade range, frig, freezer are ruined. The electrical system is melted. The ceiling was torn apart by the fire department, floor needs to be replaced and the smoke damage is extensive. Food is gone, pounds and pounds of goetta alone. Can you imagine replacling everything with $5k??

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Valerie Taylor
17 months ago

Read the story in Cincinnati Magazine today (11/20/15) -- can we get an update here?

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Amanda Wesley
21 months ago

here is a link to the even invite on facebook. https://www.facebook.com/events/884003971692317/

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Megyn Norbut
21 months ago

Amanda, will you create a Fb event and post the link on this thread? Thanks for hosting, great idea!!

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Amanda Wesley
21 months ago

Update: TUCKERS FUNDRAISER AT MILTONS Sunday August 2nd 2pm. We will have our normal happy hour prices and are grilling out. We are asking for $5/person and I'll have a donation jar as well. If any one of our restaurant friends or locals would like to donate dishes to the cause we would love the help. SPREAD THE WORD!

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Amanda Wesley
21 months ago

TUCKERS FUNDRAISER AT MILTONS Sunday August 2nd 2pm. We will have our normal happy hour prices and are grilling out. We are asking for $5/person and I'll have a donation jar as well. If any one of our restaurant friends or locals would like to donate dishes to the cause we would love the help. SPREAD THE WORD!

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Amanda Wesley
21 months ago

TUCKERS FUNDRAISER AT MILTONS Saturday August 1st 5pm. We will have our normal happy hour prices and are grilling out. We are asking for $5/person and I'll have a donation jar as well. If any one of our restaurant friends or locals would like to donate dishes to the cause we would love the help. SPREAD THE WORD!

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Chrissy L. Hensley
21 months ago

First and foremost HOMEFRIES DELUXE! Then veggie bng, shrimp n grits, veggie breakfast sandwich, THE BIG TUCKER! Kale salad, Mayan bake, um...the freaking chilli! There's more but that'll do!

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Kimberly Bryan
21 months ago

@ReneeLaguna If you're going to a public forum and asking people to give you money - I think one has every right to ask where the money is going and why they doubled what they were asking for - and what about insurance? You can blindly give all you want - I have questions before I give up any of my hard earned money.

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Kevin Young
21 months ago

Do they not have fire insurance? It seems like something a restaurant should definitely have.

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Kimberly Bryan
21 months ago

I feel like it's a legit question.

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Kimberly Bryan
21 months ago

The first time I checked this page the goal was 5K - now it's 10K - what's the deal - the damage estimate is 5K. I"m gonna need an explanation.

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$17,670 of $65k goal

Raised by 317 people in 21 months
Created July 28, 2015
Chris Heckman  
on behalf of Carla Tucker
AC
$500
American Culinary Federation of Greater Cincinnati
21 months ago
5
5

On behalf of the American Culinary Federation of Greater Cincinnati, we are sorry to hear of this news. We hope you all are able to get back on track soon, and continue to serve the people of Cincinnati. Best of luck. Stephen Spyrou ACFGC President

CK
$100
Coleman Kane
21 months ago
4
4

For all the breakfasts I will miss while you rebuild

LB
$20
Lynn Beckwith
21 months ago
3
3

Tuckers will rise out of the ashes.

KK
$25
Kimberly Kanakes
21 months ago
3
3

Tucker's always makes me happy!

EC
$20
Erica Correll
21 months ago
3
3

Rebuild! Repair! Reopen! I won't make it long without their biscuits and gravy.

ZC
$100
Zip's Cafe
21 months ago
3
3
JW
$25
John & Nicole Williams
21 months ago
3
3

Tucker's is much more than a restaurant - it's a cultural and social institution that needs to remain in OTR.

LG
$100
Lang Thang Group
21 months ago
3
3
CJ
$25
Chris Johnson
21 months ago
3
3

Tucker's is still on my "must have" list when I come to town from California. Huevos Rancheros or a Big Tucker Platter with fries and slaw. So sorry to hear this, but I know with the community support, you guys will be back and better than ever.

$100
Becky Blank
21 months ago
3
3

Best breakfast in the city. Get well soon!

Renee Laguna
21 months ago
4
4

First Kimberly, anything I give to help the Tuckers is not given blindly. I personally know the Tuckers. They are amazingly giving people. I wouldn't hesitate to give anything I can. Second, this gofundme account wad not set up by the Tuckers but for the Tuckers by a member of the OTR community. I will not humor your ignorance and plain disregard for humanity any further.. Kudos to all who are helping these wonderful people!

+ Read More
Janet Ach
21 months ago
3
3

Please remember that Carla and Joe always give back to our community.. Through their service to rhe Church, the OTR community, as patrons of Findlay Market and their neighbors. They help others in need, it is only right to help them when they need us. Janet Ach and @Roger Aach

+ Read More
Megyn Norbut
21 months ago
3
3

I was stoked when they raised it to 10k. I thought the sentiment of raising funds was great but would no way be near enough for any real renovation work which Tucker's will clearly need. This crowd fund was not created by the owners of Tuckers but a community member who wanted us to gather and rally in support of this amazing restaurant and the folks who've been running it for years and the community who gather here.

+ Read More
Michael Brown
21 months ago
3
3

@Kimberly, you can ask all the question you want; just don't be surprised if some people mistake your motives for asking. On the subject of insurance and just for fun, call your agent and ask about fire insurance on a 100-plus year old building in OTR with grandfathered electrical and other systems. Start a stopwatch when he or she starts laughing and let us know how long the laughter continues. The short answer is that insurance on that sort of building is not available until it has been substantially rehabbed. In a comment between your and Renee's last comments, I gave my estimate for what it will take to repair the damage as it has been described.

+ Read More
Michael Brown
21 months ago
2
2

I have spent more hours in that kitchen than anyone (excluding family members and employees, of course). From the description of the damage, this is a $25,000 repair bill -- or more.

+ Read More
Renee Laguna
21 months ago
2
2

Wait, Kimberly... Who are you and why do you need an explanation? Recovering from a fire is a very hard and expensive thing. Donate or don't, end of story. The Tucker's are amazing people and I'm sure they are eternally gratefully for all the help people are willing to give.

+ Read More
Dan Kaeser
21 months ago
2
2

And Katie gave you a very detailed and "legit" answer. $5k estimate is extremely low.

+ Read More
Keith Pandolfi
21 months ago
1
1

This is amazing. So excited to see such an outpouring of support for the Tucker family. They've dedicated their lives to OTR during both good times and bad, and they deserve all the help they can get.

+ Read More
Katie Cappel
21 months ago
1
1

The damage estimate was extremely low, the commercial grade range, frig, freezer are ruined. The electrical system is melted. The ceiling was torn apart by the fire department, floor needs to be replaced and the smoke damage is extensive. Food is gone, pounds and pounds of goetta alone. Can you imagine replacling everything with $5k??

+ Read More
Valerie Taylor
17 months ago

Read the story in Cincinnati Magazine today (11/20/15) -- can we get an update here?

+ Read More
Amanda Wesley
21 months ago

here is a link to the even invite on facebook. https://www.facebook.com/events/884003971692317/

+ Read More
Megyn Norbut
21 months ago

Amanda, will you create a Fb event and post the link on this thread? Thanks for hosting, great idea!!

+ Read More
Amanda Wesley
21 months ago

Update: TUCKERS FUNDRAISER AT MILTONS Sunday August 2nd 2pm. We will have our normal happy hour prices and are grilling out. We are asking for $5/person and I'll have a donation jar as well. If any one of our restaurant friends or locals would like to donate dishes to the cause we would love the help. SPREAD THE WORD!

+ Read More
Amanda Wesley
21 months ago

TUCKERS FUNDRAISER AT MILTONS Sunday August 2nd 2pm. We will have our normal happy hour prices and are grilling out. We are asking for $5/person and I'll have a donation jar as well. If any one of our restaurant friends or locals would like to donate dishes to the cause we would love the help. SPREAD THE WORD!

+ Read More
Amanda Wesley
21 months ago

TUCKERS FUNDRAISER AT MILTONS Saturday August 1st 5pm. We will have our normal happy hour prices and are grilling out. We are asking for $5/person and I'll have a donation jar as well. If any one of our restaurant friends or locals would like to donate dishes to the cause we would love the help. SPREAD THE WORD!

+ Read More
Chrissy L. Hensley
21 months ago

First and foremost HOMEFRIES DELUXE! Then veggie bng, shrimp n grits, veggie breakfast sandwich, THE BIG TUCKER! Kale salad, Mayan bake, um...the freaking chilli! There's more but that'll do!

+ Read More
Kimberly Bryan
21 months ago

@ReneeLaguna If you're going to a public forum and asking people to give you money - I think one has every right to ask where the money is going and why they doubled what they were asking for - and what about insurance? You can blindly give all you want - I have questions before I give up any of my hard earned money.

+ Read More
Kevin Young
21 months ago

Do they not have fire insurance? It seems like something a restaurant should definitely have.

+ Read More
Kimberly Bryan
21 months ago

I feel like it's a legit question.

+ Read More
Kimberly Bryan
21 months ago

The first time I checked this page the goal was 5K - now it's 10K - what's the deal - the damage estimate is 5K. I"m gonna need an explanation.

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