This year, Bleecker are once again putting all their profits to one side to support Hospitality Action, the charity that supports and build awareness around mental health and addiction in the hospitality industry. Last year they and some restaurant partners across London raised over £10k so we're hoping for even better this year.
It's something that's particularly personal to Bleecker founder Zan Kaufman, with the fundraising in memory of her brother Mark:
My brother Mark worked his entire life in hospitality. From being a room service runner to managing restaurants, it was what he liked to do and where he fitted in. He spent a summer working at Bleecker too. Mark was charming and funny and had a talent for commanding the attention of a room. He loved his maître d' role, where he was especially popular with the older ladies of Miami Beach.
Mark suffered from mental illness and addiction. In 2017, he overdosed and passed away at 35 years of age. Hospitality accepted Mark when other fields wouldn’t. It allowed him to stay himself whilst still struggling with this disease. For this I am grateful.
So on Friday 1 March, Mark's birthday, they're putting aside the day's profits to the charity. It's a great charity and one more reason to make sure you get yourself a burger (or five) that day.
More about Bleecker
Where is it? Victoria (205 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5NE), Spitalfields (Old Spitalfields Market, Unit B SP 4, London E1 6EA), City (16 Bloomberg Arcade, London EC4N 8AR)
When is the fundraising happening? All day 1 March 2019
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