SARASOTA, FL: J.R.’s Old Packinghouse Cafe is known for its delicious Cuban style cuisine, local bands, and a great local hangout. Early in the morning on June 17th, a fire almost destroyed the 900 block of Packinghouse Rd. in Sarasota. Due to the fire, J.R.’s Old Packinghouse Café suffered an extensive amount of exterior and structural damage. The café’s owner Jesus Garrus, better known as J.R., and his employees are trying to pick up the pieces. In hopes of reopening the café, a rebuilding fundraiser has been announced for August 14th at the Sarasota Farm Bureau at 7289 Palmer Rd. where there will be food and live music will be provided. Not only is this a chance to enjoy great food and music, but it is also to support a great local business that has been apart of the Sarasota community for 20 years.
“This fundraiser is very important to myself and the entire OPC family, as well as the community.” said Jesus Garrus (J.R.), owner of J.R.’s Old Packinghouse Café. “It means so much to have all the encouragement and support from the community. especially after all that OPC has given to the local music community. I have been supporting local music and providing food for this community for 25 years now. I love to serve and give back and I’m so overwhelmed with how many people are wanting to do the same for me.”
The rebuilding fundraiser will be from 1pm to 8pm and there will be plenty to do and see. Admission is $10 and includes all day music, a silent auction, and raffles. J.R. will be catering a food buffet for $10 and t-shirts will be available for a $10 purchase as well. A Budweiser truck will also be on site, as well as soda, coffee, and water. Guests are also encouraged to bring a chair, tent, or umbrella. The music lineup includes: The Alvis Brothers, The Joneses, Missing Links, and many more. Tickets will be sold at the door, but for more information about the event or volunteering you can visit, https://www.facebook.com/events/1013144678739612/. If you are unable to attend the event but would still like to help, you can donate on the go fund me page at, https://www.gofundme.com/2aedb24.
About J.R.’s Old Packinghouse Café
Known for good food, cold beer and live entertainment; it was used for packing locally cultivated celery beginning in the 1920’s. South of the Border offerings complement sumptuous southern dinners. A large variety of sandwiches are available, some prepared with “jerk”, a semi-mild Jamaican spice. And don’t forget to try the homemade desserts, especially the bread pudding and key lime pie. Celery can still be found here in the “Celery Plate with Dip” as can a bevy of other tasty menu items prepared fresh daily. Locals like the down-to-earth atmosphere of antiques and old photos, but it’s mainly the food they come for. Some favorites include: Black Beans and Rice, Cuban Sandwiches and Grouper Filet. Owner J.R., has been in the restaurant business for 25 years. He invites you to come out, enjoy a good meal at a fair price and have some fun. Six nights a week there is live music.