Restaurants hosting fundraiser to benefit Acapulco Joe's owner

This March 14, 2018, photo shows the Acapulco Joe's restaurant at 365 N. Illinois St. in Indianapolis. (WTHR Photo/Steve Jefferson)
Fundraiser for Acapulco Joe's owner
Acapulco Joe's fundraiser
Restaurants support Acapulco Joe's owner

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Businesses across central Indiana are coming together Tuesday to help a downtown restaurant owner who is recovering from a brutal attack.

Grant Redmond suffered a brain injury last month after police say a man trying to "dine and dash" at his restaurant, Acapulco Joe's, assaulted him. Since then, Redmond has left the hospital and even stopped by the restaurant to read cards from his loyal customers.

Now other area restaurants are showing their support, too, with an all-day fundraiser Tuesday.

“I think it was really tragic what happened to Grant and I think it really shows the community feel that Indianapolis has,” said Scott Preston, who was also eating at SAHM’s on Tuesday.

Depending on the location, they'll either be donating a percentage of their sales, money from their tip jar, or making a flat donation. Half of the proceeds will go toward Redmond's medical care and the other half will be donated to IMPD's Victim Assistance Fund.

“Every little penny is going to help, so these packed seats are really great and hopefully we can make a difference in the life of Grant and the restaurant,” said KK Byland, who was eating lunch at SAHM’s on Tuesday.

More than 20 restaurants are taking part in the fundraiser, including:

  • Big Lug Canteen
  • Big Lug Country Pub
  • Chicago's Pizza (Columbus, Greenwood and Indianapolis locations)
  • Cunningham Restaurant Group
  • Hoagies & Hops
  • Mimi Blue
  • Pizzology
  • Repeal
  • Sahm's Ale House (Carmel and Nora)
  • Sahm's at Parkwood
  • Sahm's at Pendleton
  • Sahm's Bar & Grill (Fishers)
  • Sahm's Place
  • Sahm's Restaurant (Fishers)
  • Sahm's Tavern & Big Lug
  • Soupremacy
  • Tavern on South
  • Temaki House