Angelo's Steak Pit Hosts Charity Dinner After Overnight Fire

By Keneisha Deas |

Published 10/23 2016 11:19PM

Updated 10/23 2016 11:19PM

Food, fun, and philanthropy collide this time of year at Angelo's Steak Pit for the 19th 'George Butchikas Foundation for Autism Fundraiser' on Sunday.
But the night before was a different atmosphere.
"That fire in front of our lobby we never thought that we'd be able to open up today to do this," said owner George Butchikas.
It's the second time a fire broke out at the popular steak pit in five weeks. 
"Luckily with God's blessing we were able to get everything cleaned up and having another great event," added Butchikas.
Crews were able to fix up the restaurant in less than 24 hours, non-stop.
"Since 9 o'clock last night until today," said Butchikas.
A fire at the restaurant barely traceable.
The charity sign covers up what used to be the restaurant's sign.
The show still went on, with folks lined up to get in before the charity dinner even began.
"Most of the money goes to Florida State University which has an ECAP (Early Childhood Autism Program) Clinic there called the Camille Butchakis ECAP Clinic," said Butchikas.
The clinic and the fundraiser inspired by his daughter, Camille Butchikas who is autistic.
The charity is on course, but at one point it did have donors and volunteers a little worried.
"I don't know if they're coming out to see the kind of damage we have or to donate...but hey, it's been a success," said Butchikas.
Over the years the charity dinner has raised more than $750,000.            
Angelo's Steak Pit will be back in business by mid-March.

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