D.C. area restaurants donate profits to Hurricane Sandy relief

By Ashley Coleman/ABC7

Some local restaurants are taking a chunk out of their profits and passing it along for disaster relief.

As thousands of families are dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, restaurants in the D.C. area are stepping in to make a difference.

"A lot of out staff including myself has family in New Jersey, family in New York that don't have power and we just feel so helpless down here," says Anthony Lombardo, 1789 Restaurant executive chef.

That's why 1789 in Georgetown is donating 20 percent of Sunday night's sales to the American Red Cross, Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund.

They expect the dining room to be full, with 90 reservations on the table.

Across town at the Hamilton, today's gospel music will be replaced with a star-studded tribute concert to The Band's "The Last Waltz."

The benefit concert is next Sunday, November 11, and all proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Hurricane Sandy victims.

"It's just heartbreaking," says Tom Meyer of Clyde's Restaurant Group president. "There are some people who are in a tough spot and they need a hand. That's what we're here for."

The D.C. restaurant group Eatwell is also helping. Stop by Logan Tavern or any of the other restaurants and $2 from every bottle of wine sold in the month of November will be donated to help hurricane victims.

"I think we have a lot of friends in New York and New Jersey who have very difficult days ahead, so I think it's the least we can do," says David Winer of Logan Tavern.

The restaurants expect these fundraisers to bring in thousands of dollars to help victims.