South Philly Barbacoa extends pop-up fundraiser to help Puerto Rico earthquake victims

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- South Philly Barbacoa, the popular Mexican restaurant at 9th and Ellsworth Street in Philadelphia, has kept their doors open past closing to host a fundraiser for Puerto Rico from 7 p.m. until the food runs out.

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.



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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.
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