Chef Cristina Martinez, who owns the restaurant, was already working with Gusto, a local organization that raises money for Puerto Rico, and San Juan-based chef, Mercedes Grubb, on a pop-up restaurant in Reading Terminal. Grubb flew to the United States for the event, then the earthquake hit.
"I was coming regardless. Chef Cristina and I were going to do a pop-up at Reading Terminal when this earthquake happened last week. We just switched gears right now," Grubb explained.
South Philly Barbacoa is always packed. The popular Mexican Restaurant is staying open late to serve Puerto Rican dishes to benefit people affected by The Earthquake. They extended the fundraiser to tomorrow. Be here at 7 pm, long lines. @6abc pic.twitter.com/SMdjg1XaDu— Annie McCormick (@6abcAnnie) January 15, 2020
Puerto Ricans afraid to return to their homes after earthquake
Word spread on social media and every night has been packed on top of Martinez's normal daily hours.
A portion of the proceeds will go towards earthquake relief and they are now extending the fundraiser another day. Wednesday at 7 p.m. will be their last day for the fundraising effort.