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Lending a hand
Area restaurants rally to support Mint Bistro

02/25/16
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



 On Monday, Feb. 15, a water pipe burst in an apartment above Mint Bistro on Elm Street in Manchester, flooding the restaurant and causing severe damage to the ceiling and floor. Initially hoping to reopen later that week, owner Tim Baines was told the restaurant would need to be closed for three to four weeks.

“At the time he thought it would be open on Friday, and then once the building inspector came they found out the damage was much more extensive,” said Jeffrey Paige, co-owner of Cotton Restaurant, who spoke with Baines shortly after the pipe burst. 
With the tentative reopening set for March 7, many of the employees won’t receive their full pay until the insurance claim is settled. Wanting to help Mint’s employees during the weeks of wage uncertainty, Paige immediately went to work on fundraising efforts to help support the staff at Mint Bistro.
From Friday, Feb. 26, to Monday, Feb. 29, Cotton will serve a dinner menu featuring wine, cocktails, appetizers, salads and entrees and donate the proceeds to the Mint staff. In addition, Just Like Mom’s Pastries in Weare created and donated a special Mint dessert, the proceeds of which will go to the employees.
Cotton will also host a benefit raffle through March 6. For $10 a ticket, folks are entered to win $50 gift certificates from The Hanover Street Chophouse, Fratello’s Italian Grille, KC’s Rib Shack, The Copper Door, Michael Buckley Restaurant Group, Canoe, The Foundry, Republic, Campo Enoteca, Veranda Martini Bar and Grille and Cotton. Two winners will receive one gift certificate from each restaurant.
“I have a lot of really good friends in the business and everyone was without hesitation to help a friend out,” Paige said. “All the people I called late that night … I said, ‘I need help’ and everyone said, ‘Absolutely.’ It’s a good restaurant community in the greater Manchester area.”
The final fundraising component is a GoFundMe page (gofundme.com/qgqc2uak) that Paige said gives those who can't make it out to Cotton the chance to help out. Less than 24 hours after it was posted, the page had seen $2,260 raised.
“It really has come as a shock to see how the community has embraced Mint Bistro,” Baines said. “[I’m] just overwhelmed with the amount of people reaching out.”
Baines said that after five days of drying out the space, a moving company was set to take out the bistro’s furniture before beginning work on the roof and flooring.. 





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