Tuesday, April 18, 2000

Benefit for burned-out cafe Saturday

BY Allen Howard
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A benefit/reunion is being planned for the burned out Penny and Phil's Sports Cafe in South Fairmount, from 6 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday at the cafe, 1928 Queen City Ave.

        The popular cafe has been closed since suffering $70,000 in damages in a fire two weeks ago. “We have to reach out and help them because they have done so much to improve the neighborhood,” said Tim Thompson of Dent, who is planning the benefit along with brothers David, Jimmy and Denny and sisters Melanie and Cheryl.

        Some businesses are donating dinner certificates for door prizes. The list includes Hooligans Pub and Eatery of Columbia Township, Anthony's Restaurant and Lounge of Cheviot and Kennings Circle K Restaurant of Mack.

        Pioneer Vending of Cheviot and Lauderback Auto Sales of Dent are making cash donations.

        Melanie and Don Lauderback will provide music with their company, Millennium Entertainment.

        “We were providing music and karaoke there on Saturday nights,” Melanie Thompson said. “I think the entertainment was begin ning to bring back the old spirit. Me, my sisters and brothers grew up right down the streets from the place. It is too bad that the neighborhood is not what it used to be. We need to pitch in and help Penny and Phil help bring it back.”

        One door prize will include a free two-hour limousine ride, provided by David Thompson. Food is being provided by Joe Scarlotto, a former owner of the cafe.


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