Miami Restaurants and Bars Help the Bahamas Post-Dorian Through Fundraisers, Supply Drives

An aerial view of houses in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian.
An aerial view of houses in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian. Photo by Adam Stanton / U.S. Coast Guard
It's been only a few days since Hurricane Dorian ravaged Miami's neighbor, but relief efforts are in full force to help the Bahamas.

Chef José Andrés and his World Central Kitchen landed in Nassau in anticipation of the storm, setting up operations in multiple locations to feed people most in need. The celebrity chef posted a map on Instagram listing more than a dozen kitchens where his team would prepare meals. Andrés, who assured his fans he was not in the direct path of the storm, did issue the following note in case of a change of plans: "If kitchens are destroyed, we build one and cook in big paella pans!"

Food Network and Telemundo celebrity chef Ingrid Hoffmann has organized a group of airplane pilots and, along with Air Ambulance, is providing services that take supplies and medical help to the Bahamas and also transports first responders and people with emergency needs to Miami from the islands. To contact Hoffman, email [email protected].

Finally, Bravo celebrity and Skinny Girl mogul Bettheny Frankel is coordinating efforts through her organization B Strong. It's collecting supplies at multiple locations in Miami-Dade, including Aventura Mall and Sacred Space Warehouse (details below). Bstrong is working with Global Empowerment Mission (GEM). All funds donated to GEM through the Bstrong partnership are restricted to the distribution and logistics of purchasing and delivering disaster-relief supplies and gift cards to affected populations. One hundred percent of Bstrong donations go directly to helping individuals in disaster-affected areas, and no administrative or overhead expenses are withdrawn. GEM is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization providing emergency disaster relief.

Miami-area restaurants and bars are taking a cue from Andrés — a James Beard Award winner and Nobel Prize nominee — by hosting fundraisers and supply drives. Below is a list of restaurants, bars, and hotels striving to help the people of the Bahamas recover.

If you are from a brewery, bar, or restaurant that's organizing any fundraising activity or supply drive, please email [email protected] with details. This list will be updated as more information becomes available.

Aventura Mall

19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura

Aventura Mall is helping the people of the Bahamas through donations. The mall is working directly with Bstrong and GEM. The GEM network, partners, and teams are now in full operation assisting in the northwest Bahamas, specifically Abaco and Freeport. Items can be dropped off at the mall's curbside valet adjacent to Aventura Slide Tower and the visitors' center, inside the lower level near Bloomingdale’s, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.;

B.C. Cafe

4801 S University Dr., Davie

All weekend, B.C. Cafe will donate a portion of sales to the relief efforts.

Batch Gastropub

30 SW 12th St., Miami

Take donations to Batch any Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. during the Rotary Club weekly meeting and receive a complimentary cocktail.

Broken Shaker

2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach

Today, September 6, and Saturday, September 7, daily punch sales will be donated to the All Day Foundation's fundraising efforts for the Bahamas.

The Butcher Shop

165 NW 23rd St., Miami

The Butcher Shop in Wynwood is giving away one free pint of Funky Buddha beer to anyone of legal drinking age who drops off relief supplies.

CAO Bakery & Cafe

Various Locations

Drop off much-needed supplies to the Bahamas and receive a free cefecito or pastelito with your donation. Requested supplies include water, canned goods, can openers, mosquito spray, sunscreen, diapers, baby formula, first aid items, flashlights, and batteries.

Captain Jim's Seafood Market & Restaurant

12950 W. Dixie Hwy., North Miami

All week, Captain Jim's is collecting the following items to donate to Bahamas relief efforts. Supplies requested include baby formula, batteries, canned goods, manual can openers, first-aid items, flashlights, mosquito repellent, small generators, sunscreen, and water. Donate and receive 15 percent off your check.


1020 Ocean Dr.,Miami Beach

Today, September 6, from 5 to 8 p.m., the Clevelander will host a fundraiser. Guests' $25 admission will go to Alison Thompson's Third Wave Volunteers.

Gatsby's Joint

2460 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

At Gatsby's Joint, enjoy happy-hour pricing and food specials from 5 p.m. to midnight next Monday through Wednesday, September 9 through 11. Fifteen percent of the proceeds will go to for hurricane relief.

M.E.A.T. Eatery & Taproom

980 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton

From noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, September 7, M.E.A.T. will host a fundraiser offering food and drinks, exotic cars, entertainment, bikini models, and raffles. For more information, email [email protected].

Mojo Donuts & Fried Chicken

8870 Bird Rd., Miami

The Westchester location will host a supply drive beginning next week.


2007 SW Eighth St., Miami

The people at the Little Havana bar Nancy have secured direct access to planes and ships that will deliver supplies to the Bahamas next week. Drop off your donations through this Sunday, September 8, at 8 p.m. to get on that first shipment. Recommended items are water, canned food, toiletries, first aid supplies, bleach, disposable gloves, tarps for roofs, insect repellent, portable stoves, baby food, and diapers. Donations will be ongoing, and the next shipment date will be announced shortly. In addition, the folks at Nancy are also planning a benefit concert with four bands, burlesque, and comedy September 22. More details will be available soon.

Phuc Yea

7100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

Join Phuc Yea owners Ani Meinhold and Cesar Zapata this Sunday, September 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. to celebrate the restaurant's third anniversary with a fundraising component. Phuc Yea will serve food and drinks, and La Placita, Ms. Cheezious, and Cindy Lou’s Cookies will man concession stands on the garden level alongside a rosé and spritz bar. Complimentary Bacardi cocktails will be available from 6 to 7 p.m. in the garden as well, along with drink specials all night throughout the restaurant. Some proceeds from the party will go toward Hurricane Dorian disaster relief.

Red the Steakhouse

119 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

Chef Peter Vauthy and his team at Red will donate 5 percent of all steak and wine proceeds to José Andrés' World Central Kitchen. Vauthy says the program will be backtracked to include all checks from September 1 through the announcement and will continue through the end of September. If you can't make it to Red, the chef urges you to donate directly to World Central Kitchen.

Sacred Space Warehouse

340 NE 59th Ter., Miami

Drop off supplies at the Sacred Space Warehouse, which is working with Bstrong and GEM. The GEM network, partners, and teams are now in full operation assisting in the northwest Bahamas, specifically Abaco and Freeport.

Sanguich de Miami

2057 SW Eighth St., Miami

Donate supplies to Bahamas relief efforts and receive a free order of chicharrones or croquetas through Saturday, September 7. Supplies requested include baby formula, batteries, canned goods, manual can openers, first-aid items, flashlights, mosquito repellent, small generators, sunscreen, and water.

Tap 42

Multiple locations

Beginning today, September 6, all Tap 42 locations — including Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Aventura, Midtown Miami, and Coral Gables — will offer a specialty cocktail to benefit people in the Bahamas affected by Hurricane Dorian. The Rum Relief contains Bacardi Light, pineapple, peach, lime, Angostura bitters, and a Bacardi Cuatro Añejo floater. For every $10 Rum Relief sold, half will be donated to the Bahamas Red Cross.

Tarpon River Brewing

280 SW 6th St, Fort Lauderdale

Tarpon River Brewing has partnered with the local disaster-relief organization Hope 4 Hope Town to host the Bahamas Relief Benefit Concert this Sunday, September 8, from 1 to 7 p.m. Admission is free, and guests can enjoy Tarpon River craft beer, barbecue, and live music from local acts such as the Shane Duncan Band, Ashley Reda, and Christopher Ament. A portion of beer sales from the event will go toward Hope 4 Hope Town.

Urbanica the Meridian Hotel and Minibar

418 Meridian Ave, Miami Beach

Check out the Bahamas Hurricane Relief BBQ at the Meridian Hotel tonight, September 6, from 6 to 10. The hotel is encouraging attendees to drop off a wide range of much-needed supplies, including water, nonperishable goods, baby food, diapers, formula, tarps, first-aid kits, and batteries. Urbanica will match supplies donated, and guests will receive a Peroni beer on the house. All proceeds will go to GEM.
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