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Concert series raising funds for flood-affected riverfront restaurants

Levee, next door to River House, will host the concert series. (Source: WAVE 3 News) Levee, next door to River House, will host the concert series. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Riverfront restaurants like River Road BBQ continue to clean up after the floods. (Source: WAVE 3 News) Riverfront restaurants like River Road BBQ continue to clean up after the floods. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Chef John Varanese. (Source: WAVE 3 News) Chef John Varanese. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A riverfront restaurant owner has a plan to help other restaurants impacted by late February flooding.

Chef John Varanese of River House Restaurant & Raw Bar announced Thursday he would raise donations for damaged restaurants through a series of concerts.

The money will go to APRON, Inc., a non-profit made of industry owners and workers that aims to support food and beverage workers in times of financial crisis.

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"I really felt bad for my hourly staff that were struggling to pay bills," Varanese said. "And it really hit me when I went back to see how lucky we were because we're sitting up by the hill. We didn't have flood damage and I knew what I went through for 10 days, of the struggles that I had, to see that my friends and my neighbors had a lot more ahead of them."

The relief festivities begin at 7 p.m. Thursday at Levee with a performance by Laurie Jane and the 45's. Wax Factory will play on Friday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Kirby’s Dreamland is scheduled to perform on Saturday night from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Varanese and his staff will deliver food and bottled water to restaurants and workers impacted by the flood on Friday.

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