A week ago, a fire ripped through the Papa Joe's ItalianRestaurant that was a staple in Brooksville for many years.
The blaze left nothing behind. Investigators believe itstarted in the ceiling after an electrical malfunction, and it could take morethan a year to rebuild.
The community was devastated. Papa Joe's was in businessfor more than 30 years, employing 45 people – some who worked there more than15 years.
Now, they're left without a job. The fire has alsoaffected the gift shop next door because it was an extension of the restaurant.
Today, several organizations are coming together to helpthe restaurant owners and its employees. A Career Central mobile bus willarrive in the parking lot to help folks with unemployment, job placement andresumes.
Several upcoming events are also planned.
On Saturday, there is a benefitconcert at the Live Oak Theater/YWAM. Special T-shirts with "I Love Papa Joe's"will be sold at the performances for $15 each, or two for $20. There will alsobe a yard sale in the parking lot of Papa Joe's from 7 a.m. until dark.
Later in the month, Spring LakeUnited Methodist Church will hold a fundraiser dinner Feb. 16, and there willbe another at Hillside Baptist March 2.
It's proof of the impact theseowners had in their community.
You can contact them throughFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/papajoesrestaurant?fref=ts
FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
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