The Corner Tavern became a staple in the Little Five Points neighborhood of Atlanta as soon as it opened in 2005. Local residents would stop by on their way home from work and enjoy one of their many craft beers, employees of neighboring restaurants would gather at the bar after their shifts to unwind and swap stories with the bartenders and servers there, pool leagues and dart teams would hold cutthroat tournaments in their back room-- there was something for everybody to enjoy at the Tavern.
Until May 23, 2013, when the Corner Tavern was all but destroyed by an electrical fire, leaving the neighborhood in shock and 18 workers suddenly unemployed.
While there were no serious injuries caused by the fire, the structural damage was devastating. It has been estimated that it could take anywhere from six months to a year to rebuild and reopen this local favorite. Of course insurance money will cover the cost of reconstruction, but that money won’t help the servers, bartenders, and cooks who are suddenly and unexpectedly out of work.
These people are parents, students, musicians, writers, and artists. They are our friends, neighbors, and family members. They all have bills to pay. They would all be working if they could.
The goal of this campaign is to raise funds to help the employees with their immediate bills. We’re not trying to support them forever, we just want to help them get by while they rebound from this catastrophe. Most restaurant workers live paycheck to paycheck. Missing just a few days of work can be a financial disaster, and these people are without jobs indefinitely. All funds raised will be split evenly amongst the 18 employees. This campaign isn’t helping just one person, or one business, it’s helping an entire community heal and move on.
Every penny raised here will go directly to helping the former staff of the Little Five Points Corner Tavern get back on their feet. Give whatever you can, even $1 will help. Think of it as leaving them a tip-- the most helpful and important tip you'l ever leave.