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NYC Restaurants That Are Still Closed Because of Sandy

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14556121212_bk12_bk1212123123112008_10_hasmaps%20%281%29.jpegHere, now, is an updated map of restaurants that are still closed because of damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. When Eater started this map back in November, it had twice as many points as it does now. Many restaurants have sprung back to life over the last few months, and Memorial Day weekend saw a big handful of additional openings.

The goal of this map is to track the reopening status of these restaurants. In some cases, restaurants have been removed because there is no chance that they will return — they are closed for good. Please help us update this list by sending any information about Sandy-affected restaurants to the tipline.

Here's a look at the current state of the Sandy-affected restaurants:


May 30, 2013:
The original Nathan's Famous hot dog stand on Surf Avenue in Coney Island reopened a few days before its Memorial Day target. Zigolini's in the Financial District is back open with a take-out deli and a new taqueria attached called Guac Star. In The Rockaways, Caracas Arepa Bar is not yet open though it did a pop-up for Memorial Day, while beachside neighbors Rockaway Taco and Ripper's are back open, as are Connolly's Bar and Bungalow Bar. Thai Rock's outdoor patio is open while repairs continue inside. (Bungalow Bar and Thai Rock are also pushing for more parking to help get in crowds for this "make-or-break" summer season.)

In Staten Island, Marina Café is back open, while Joe & John Toto's hopes to reopen next week. And in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Brooklyn Bridge Wine Bar has reopened for the season. Update: Obao on Water Street opened Friday, May 31, for the first time since Hurricane Sandy.

May 13, 2013:
Coney Island institution Totonno's sprung back to life on March 24. Fika Espresso Bar at 66 Pearl St. reopened last month, and the Dumbo location of Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory reopened at the end of April.

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Grandma's House in the South Street Seaport currently has both a marshal's note in the window and a "for rent" sign — it's done. Antica Venezia, located right on West St. near the Hudson River, has been closed since the storm without any update since November. The phone number to the restaurant has been disconnected, and its website redirects to sister establishment Il Tinello. Anderson's Annex Tavern on Staten Island was completely wiped out, and the bar has not posted any information about its return over the last six months. And Demi Monde has not showed any signs of life since closing last November. These four restaurants have been removed from the map above. Check out a list of the other restaurants that closed for good because of Sandy here.

March 12, 2013:
A number of restaurants have reopened, including Almondine, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Perry St., Luke's Lobster, and Flea Market Café. On Maiden Lane, Hot Clay Oven and Potbelly have reopened, while Pret A Manger will not return. Red Restaurant in the South Street Seaport is also officially closed for good.

February 6, 2013:
Chop't, the Stumptown roastery in Red Hook, and the Potbelly Sandwich Shop on Maiden Lane all reopened in the last two weeks. The owners of Cha Cha's and Governor have decided not to reopen their restaurants. Several restaurants on this map are now hosting private events, and a few are offering delivery.

January 15, 2013:
Footprints in Coney Island is back in business, and the restaurant is offering a "reopening special" until January 20.
Goodburger on Maiden Lane will become a location of Clarke's Standard sometime later this year. It has been removed from this list.

January 3, 2013:
According to a post on Facebook, Sequoia NY is now closed for good. The post notes: "After the damage from Hurricane Sandy and our lease coming to an end, the decision has been made to close Sequoia a little earlier than intended."
The Good Fork returned on New Year's Eve, and the restaurant is now open during its regular hours.
Home/Made opened for a special New Year's Eve dinner, but it remains closed. The owners hope to reopen in full by the end of the month.
The downtown location of Dig Inn Seasonal Market reopened today.
The Water Club is open now for private events, though a full reopening date is not set.
Cabana in the Seaport reopened before Christmas.
Tatania Restaurant reopened a few weeks ago.
Nunzio's Pizzeria and Restaurant reopened before the holidays.
Flea Market Cafe hopes to reopen in February.
The owners of Luke's Lobster hope to reopen by Valentine's Day.
Jack's Stir Brew Coffee remains closed, but the Jack's team is selling coffee from a table outside the still-closed storefront, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The owners of Barbarini Alimentari have parted ways and they are not going to reopen in this location. The restaurant has been removed from this list.
SUteiShi is still closed, but the restaurant has begun offering a limited menu for dinner delivery, Monday through Saturday, 5 to 10:30 p.m.
Brooklyn Bridge Wine Bar will be open in the fall, according to the restaurant's website.
The River Cafe is closed until further notice. The restaurant's site notes: " We hope you had a wonderful New Year. The River Cafe is still closed and we are without an approximate reopening date."
Almondine owner Hervé Poussot just put his Park Slope bakery up for rent while he rebuilds the Dumbo space.
The owners of Marina Cafe hope to reopen this spring.
Colonnade reopened at the end of November according to the Staten Island Advance.
MP Taverna is back in action.
Red Hat reopened on December 18.

November and December 2012:
Fort Defiance won't be back to its normal state for months, but they are now open and serving drinks and food.
· Gargiulo's tweets a photo of their holiday decorations? they reopened on December 1.
· Mark Joseph Steakhouse on Water Street reopened on December 3.
Much of the South Street Seaport is still hurting. Eater hears that power is back on in Pier 17 but that business owners are still waiting as the building gets checked out.
· Vetro in Howard Beach has reopened.
· The Porterhouse at Fraunces Tavern reopened on November 30.
· Lyon has been taken off the list. Although it never reopened after Sandy, Eater hears that storm damage was not the main reason for its closure.
· Lucky Strike reopened on December 6.
· Acqua reopened on December 8. From the restaurant's Facebook page: "YES! We are finally OPEN after superstorm Sandy hit us hard! Every day Lunch and Dinner with full menu and full bar!!!"
· On Maiden Lane in the Financial District, Yushi, Chipotle, and Just Salad have reopened, but several other chains remain closed, including Goodburger, Potbelly, and Pret A Manger.
Do you know of a restaurant in your neighborhood that is still shuttered because of Hurricane Sandy? Please send that information to the tipline. Are you a restaurateur affected by Sandy? The Mayor's Office wants to help.
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— Amanda Kludt, Greg Morabito, Alexander Hancock, Marguerite Preston. and Anne Goldberg

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Water Club

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The East River btwn 29th & 32nd St
New York, NY 10016
(212) 683-3333
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2. Heartland Brewery

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93 South St.
New York, NY 10038
(646) 572-2337
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The Heartland Brewery space was damaged during the storm. Paper is currently up in the windows, and a note on the restaurant's site reads: "Due to damage from Hurricane Sandy, Heartland Brewery at the South Street Seaport will be closed until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience."

3. Harbor Lights

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89 South St
New York, NY 10002
212-227-2800
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4. Merchants NY Café

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90 Washington Street
New York, NY 10006
(212) 363-6000
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Merchants NY Cafe on Washington Street in the Financial District remains closed. The phone line is down and an employee at sister restaurant Watermark Bar says the team is unsure when it will reopen, but when it does it will become a beer garden with a new name.

5. Il Brigante

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214 Front Street
New York, NY 10038
(212) 285-0222

South Street Seaport pizzeria Il Brigante has been closed since the storm. The restaurant raised around $2,000 on LuckyAnt to fund repairs to the space. The restaurant is currently doing some delivery (they're making the food in an offsite location), with plans for a grand opening in August.

6. Keg No. 229

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229 Front St
New York, NY 10038
(212) 566-2337
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Keg No. 229 and sister establishment Bin No. 220 across the street are still closed. This block of Front Street is now currently closed to traffic, and extensive work is being done on many of the spaces on the east side of the street. The team raised about $1,000 from a LuckyAnt campaign and is pouring beer and wine at a pop-up in Pier 17.

7. Bin No. 220

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220 Front St
New York, NY 10038
(212) 374-9463
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Bin No. 220 was not hit as hard as Keg No. 299 across the street, but it remains closed. The team is selling beer and wine at a pop-up in the former Bath & Body Works in Pier 17 mall.

8. Bridge Cafe

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279 Water St.
New York, NY 10038
(212) 227-3344
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A member of the Bridge Cafe team recently told Eater: "We are hoping for a June opening, our hope is that you won't even notice the time lapse! We are just renovating the structure of the building, and keeping the rest the same." In early February, the restaurant set up an online fundraising campaign. [Photo: @bridgecafenyc]

9. Paris Café

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119 South St
New York, NY 10038
(212) 240-9797
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Paris Cafe is still boarded up. A tipster sent word that it would hopefully reopen before Memorial Day, but for now it remains a work in progress. Word on the street is that the owners are moving the bar back to its original position, so that the space will look as it did in the late 1800s.

10. SamSara

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277 Water Street
NY, NY 10038

Samsara's phone line is still out of service and the website is offline. Earlier this month (May 11) the message on the restaurant's website read : "Like many of our neighbors we are in the process recovering from the storm and unfortunately will have to remain closed until further notice for cleanup and renovation. Thank you all for your support, we look forward to welcoming you back soon."

11. Jack's Stir Brew Coffee

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222 Front St.
New York, NY 10038
(212) 929-0821
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The phone number to the South Street Seaport location is still out of service, but an employee at the West 10th Street location says that while the company was shooting for a June 1 reopening date, it may end up being closer to July. The coffee shop recently surpassed its fundraising goal on Lucky Ant, and the exterior has gotten a fresh coat of new paint.

12. Nelson Blue

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233 Front St.
New York, NY 10038
(212) 346-9090
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One of the owners tells Eater that they are talking to the landlord and they are "positive about the outlook to reopen." The space is being worked on right now, and the phone line is still down.

13. Stella Manhattan Bistro

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213 Front St
New York, NY 10038-2008
(213) 233-2417

Stella Manhattan Bistro is still closed. The phone line is not active, but the signage is still up outside and it looks like work is being done on the space.

14. SUteiShi

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24 Peck Slip
New York, NY 10038
(212) 766-2344
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[Photo: Suteishi before the storm via Facebook]

15. Capsouto Freres Bistro Restaurant

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451 Washington St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 966-4900
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Although the Capsouto Freres space hit the market in March, the restaurateurs behind the bistro are still holding out hope that it will return. On April 18, co-owner Jacques Capsouto staged a protest against the Citi Bike docking station that was planted in front of his shuttered restaurant. Capsouto told the Post: "I’ve been trying to reopen since Hurricane Sandy, and now I have to deal with this."

16. home/made

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293 Van Brunt St.
New York, NY 11231
(347) 223-4135
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The owners of Home/Made have started hosting private dinners, and serving brunch on the weekends. They are prepping a grand reopening, sending word this month that it could happen in mid-June. Follow @homemadebklyn for updates.

17. Sunny's

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253 Conover St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 625-8211
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Proprietor Sunny Balzano estimates that he needs $80,000 to get the bar up and running by June. He raised around $12,000 from a benefit event at the Bell House recently, and he hopes to raise the rest of the money from an IndieGoGo campaign. There are just 16 days left to go on the campaign, and so far the bar has raised $1,500.

18. The River Café

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1 Water St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 522-5200
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The River Cafe is currently hosting events in the Terrace Room, but the main dining room (the boat) has not yet reopened. Earlier this month, Eater spied workers re-stringing the lights on top of the floating dining room. The management recently updated the website with this message: "After the damaging storm in October 2012, the task of rebuilding and restoring The River Cafe has been moving forward. The Terrace Room is finished and is ready for hosting events. Other areas of the restaurant require more attention to detail and will take several more weeks before work is completed. In some cases, delays in obtaining the proper equipment, materials and craftsmen have resulted in unexpected postponements of scheduled installations. It almost seems that the time it takes to make careful repairs to a landmark restaurant is greater than the the time it would take to build a new one. While it is not yet possible to predict exactly when The River Cafe will begin accepting reservations for lunch and dinner, everyone is hopeful that we will be ready in late Summer 2013."

19. Puglia By the Sea

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750 Barclay Ave
Staten Island, NY 10312
718.605.6009

Puglia by the Sea was badly damaged in the storm. The phone message: "You have reached Puglia by the Sea. Due to Hurricane Sandy, part of the restaurant was washed away. We do plan to rebuild, so please look for us. If you have any gift cards they will be valid when we reopen."

20. Coral Bay Cafe

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722 Rockaway St
Staten Island, NY
(718) 356-3531
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21. DiSara

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121 Roma Ave
Staten Island, NY 10306
(718) 979-2290

Disara's number has been disconnected, the restaurant has not updated its website, and it has no Facebook or Twitter page. The owner writes in to say that the restaurant could reopen in June.

22. Joe & John Toto's

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809 Fr Capodanno Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10305

John Toto's restaurant sustained significant flooding and structural damage, which Toto believes will not be covered by his insurance. The restaurant plans to reopen next week.

23. Caracas Arepa Bar

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106-01 Shore Front Pkwy
Queens, NY 11694

The owner of Caracas estimates that the storm caused $70,000 to her restaurant. While the restaurant was unable to reopen by Memorial Day, it did host a pop-up by the beach. Check out photos of the reconstruction on Facebook. [Facebook]

24. Harbor Light Pub

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129-18 Newport Ave
Queens, NY 11694

The 33-year-old neighborhood fixture burnt down in a fire that destroyed much of the surrounding residential area. The owners, however, are planning to rebuild the pub. The most recent Facebook update is from April 14: "Spring is in the air---missing everyone and hoping to see you all soon!"

25. Kennedy's

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406 Bayside
Queens, NY

This Breezy Point bar and restaurant remains shuttered, but the website notes: "We are rebuilding and expect to be open this summer. We hope to see you all at our new and improved restaurant."

26. The Bayhouse

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500 Bayside Dr
New York, NY 11697
(718) 318-9660

The Bayhouse was gutted by Sandy's winds. In April, the management announced that the bar was slated to open around June. But the most recent update notes: "Thank you everyone for your kind words~~~So sad to see the Bayhouse come down~~~~so many great memories~~~We are going to be back real soon~~~Here's to making to making more memories~~~~~"

27. Sugar Bowl

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15 Bedford Ave
Breezy Point, NY
(718) 945-1409

While the bar did not actually float away 6 miles, the Sugar Bowl was still heavily damaged in the storm. Owner John Timmons plans to rebuild as soon as possible. The number is no longer in service. [Photo]

28. Bruckner Bar & Grill

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1 Bruckner Blvd
Bronx, NY 10454
(718) 665-2001
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Bruckner Bar & Grill in the South Bronx remains closed. DNAinfo reports that post-storm renovations are mostly complete but that the the owners and landlord are caught up in a nasty dispute about paying for them. It could reopen by the end of summer.[Photo]

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1. The Water Club

The East River btwn 29th & 32nd St, New York, NY 10016
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The East River btwn 29th & 32nd St
New York, NY 10016

2. Heartland Brewery

93 South St., New York, NY 10038

The Heartland Brewery space was damaged during the storm. Paper is currently up in the windows, and a note on the restaurant's site reads: "Due to damage from Hurricane Sandy, Heartland Brewery at the South Street Seaport will be closed until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience."

93 South St.
New York, NY 10038

3. Harbor Lights

89 South St, New York, NY 10002
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89 South St
New York, NY 10002

4. Merchants NY Café

90 Washington Street, New York, NY 10006

Merchants NY Cafe on Washington Street in the Financial District remains closed. The phone line is down and an employee at sister restaurant Watermark Bar says the team is unsure when it will reopen, but when it does it will become a beer garden with a new name.

90 Washington Street
New York, NY 10006

5. Il Brigante

214 Front Street, New York, NY 10038

South Street Seaport pizzeria Il Brigante has been closed since the storm. The restaurant raised around $2,000 on LuckyAnt to fund repairs to the space. The restaurant is currently doing some delivery (they're making the food in an offsite location), with plans for a grand opening in August.

214 Front Street
New York, NY 10038

6. Keg No. 229

229 Front St, New York, NY 10038

Keg No. 229 and sister establishment Bin No. 220 across the street are still closed. This block of Front Street is now currently closed to traffic, and extensive work is being done on many of the spaces on the east side of the street. The team raised about $1,000 from a LuckyAnt campaign and is pouring beer and wine at a pop-up in Pier 17.

229 Front St
New York, NY 10038

7. Bin No. 220

220 Front St, New York, NY 10038

Bin No. 220 was not hit as hard as Keg No. 299 across the street, but it remains closed. The team is selling beer and wine at a pop-up in the former Bath & Body Works in Pier 17 mall.

220 Front St
New York, NY 10038

8. Bridge Cafe

279 Water St., New York, NY 10038

A member of the Bridge Cafe team recently told Eater: "We are hoping for a June opening, our hope is that you won't even notice the time lapse! We are just renovating the structure of the building, and keeping the rest the same." In early February, the restaurant set up an online fundraising campaign. [Photo: @bridgecafenyc]

279 Water St.
New York, NY 10038

9. Paris Café

119 South St, New York, NY 10038

Paris Cafe is still boarded up. A tipster sent word that it would hopefully reopen before Memorial Day, but for now it remains a work in progress. Word on the street is that the owners are moving the bar back to its original position, so that the space will look as it did in the late 1800s.

119 South St
New York, NY 10038

10. SamSara

277 Water Street, NY, NY 10038

Samsara's phone line is still out of service and the website is offline. Earlier this month (May 11) the message on the restaurant's website read : "Like many of our neighbors we are in the process recovering from the storm and unfortunately will have to remain closed until further notice for cleanup and renovation. Thank you all for your support, we look forward to welcoming you back soon."

277 Water Street
NY, NY 10038

11. Jack's Stir Brew Coffee

222 Front St., New York, NY 10038

The phone number to the South Street Seaport location is still out of service, but an employee at the West 10th Street location says that while the company was shooting for a June 1 reopening date, it may end up being closer to July. The coffee shop recently surpassed its fundraising goal on Lucky Ant, and the exterior has gotten a fresh coat of new paint.

222 Front St.
New York, NY 10038

12. Nelson Blue

233 Front St., New York, NY 10038

One of the owners tells Eater that they are talking to the landlord and they are "positive about the outlook to reopen." The space is being worked on right now, and the phone line is still down.

233 Front St.
New York, NY 10038

13. Stella Manhattan Bistro

213 Front St, New York, NY 10038-2008

Stella Manhattan Bistro is still closed. The phone line is not active, but the signage is still up outside and it looks like work is being done on the space.

213 Front St
New York, NY 10038-2008

14. SUteiShi

24 Peck Slip, New York, NY 10038
[Photo: Suteishi before the storm via Facebook]
24 Peck Slip
New York, NY 10038

15. Capsouto Freres Bistro Restaurant

451 Washington St, New York, NY 10013

Although the Capsouto Freres space hit the market in March, the restaurateurs behind the bistro are still holding out hope that it will return. On April 18, co-owner Jacques Capsouto staged a protest against the Citi Bike docking station that was planted in front of his shuttered restaurant. Capsouto told the Post: "I’ve been trying to reopen since Hurricane Sandy, and now I have to deal with this."

451 Washington St
New York, NY 10013

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16. home/made

293 Van Brunt St., New York, NY 11231

The owners of Home/Made have started hosting private dinners, and serving brunch on the weekends. They are prepping a grand reopening, sending word this month that it could happen in mid-June. Follow @homemadebklyn for updates.

293 Van Brunt St.
New York, NY 11231

17. Sunny's

253 Conover St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Proprietor Sunny Balzano estimates that he needs $80,000 to get the bar up and running by June. He raised around $12,000 from a benefit event at the Bell House recently, and he hopes to raise the rest of the money from an IndieGoGo campaign. There are just 16 days left to go on the campaign, and so far the bar has raised $1,500.