Save The Shebeen Pub and Braai


Shebeen proprietor, Walter Slawski was inspired by his childhood experiences living in Zimbabwe as a young boy to the open The Shebeen Pub & Braai in 2003.  Nestled in the heart of downtown at 247 Ridge McIntire Road, Walter has been able to share his love of South African cuisine to the Charlottesville community for over 20 years.  Due to your support of Shebeen in the past,  Walter was able to help raise money and donate over $30,000 to the Makindu Children's Program and participate in a fundraising walk that raised over $100,000 to help provide resources to feed, educate, and care for over 560 orphans and vulnerable children in Makindu, Kenya.  In better times, with the help of your support now, this is something Walter & The Shebeen team hopes to keep going. It is with a humble and heavy heart, Walter and The Shebeen family, are asking for your help now. 

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, The Shebeen, as well as, most of the Charlottesville service industry have taken a huge financial hit.  Walter painfully had to furlough staff, some who have been with him for 10-15 years, and make other tough decisions in order to try to keep the doors open.  He want to make sure all of his dedicated staff have jobs to come back to once it is safe for restaurants to reopen amid this global pandemic.

We have set up this Go Fund Me as a request from our wonderful regulars and our loyal customers who have reached out to ask how they can help and where they could donate. We are still doing curbside pickup, takeout and delivery for those in the Charlottesville area and selling gift cards to help keep us up and running. 

All proceeds will go to help keep Shebeen alive and go towards our furloughed and active staff.  When and if this works, and we can safely reopen our dining room to the public we will invite all of those who have helped to an appreciation night. 





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Megan Slawski 
Charlottesville, VA
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