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Cafe Sbisa supports Hurricane Maria relief 

Donates October prodeeds to Cajun Airlift

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Through October, French Quarter restaurant Cafe Sbisa (1011 Decatur St., 504-522-5565; www.cafesbisanola.com) is donating all proceeds after costs to Hurricane Maria recovery efforts.

  The Decatur Street restaurant announced the donation in a statement last week, which said the proceeds will be donated to Cajun Airlift (www.facebook.com/cajunairlift), an organization comprised of local and out-of-state pilots who are transporting and delivering supplies to victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

  The organization was formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, when more than 50 pilots delivered 25,000 pounds of supplies to communities in Texas devastated by the floodwaters from the storm.

  Other area nonprofits working with Cajun Airlift include The Baton Rouge Emergency Aid Coalition (www.breac225.org), Medical Disaster Response Network and others.

  The donation comes at the one-year anniversary mark for Cafe Sbisa, which reopened in October 2016. The restaurant closed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the federal levee failures and struggled to reopen.

  "As I continue to watch what the victims of Hurricane Maria are going through, I'm immediately brought back to the days and weeks following (Hurricane) Katrina," said executive chef and co-owner Alfred Singleton. "Our city was virtually destroyed — particularly the Lower Ninth Ward, the area I grew up in — but we were fortunate enough to have other caring communities to lean on and that helped us get back on our feet. Now it's my turn to help others and this is the best way I know how."

  Singleton, who worked at the restaurant prior to Katrina, re-opened the restaurant with co- owner Craig Napoli last year.

  "The generosity of Cafe Sbisa comes at a crucial time where people, everyday essentials and most importantly, medical supplies and personnel, need to be transported to Puerto Rico and even more importantly, within Puerto Rico," said Chanse Watson, co-founder of Cajun Airlift. "Funding will help to cover fuel and other aircraft expenses so our pilots are able to continue donating their time and efforts to those struggling in the most devastated areas."

  Cafe Sbisa serves dinner Wednesday through Sunday and brunch on Sunday.

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