Businessman: Plenty of fire aid already |

Businessman: Plenty of fire aid already

The owner of a landmark Nevada City restaurant that burned down March 20 fears fund-raisers for his employees have left the community too tapped out to give to other causes.

Greg Cook, owner of Friar Tuck’s Restaurant & Bar, said he is grateful that two large events helped out employees and musicians who lost work when he lost his business.

People donated well over $60,000 at two fund-raisers, one at Miners Foundry Cultural Center two weeks ago and an earlier one in which Nevada City restaurants donated part of their proceeds for a day, Cook said.

“What we’re feeling is that the community has been very generous,” he said. “Way beyond generous. But it’s time for it to end and for everyone to move on.”

Cook said he’d heard the “Relay for Life” fund-raiser for cancer is having a problem raising money “because everyone’s tapped out from donating.”

Erin Miller, chairwoman for Nevada County’s Relay for Life, said it is impossible to gauge how the June 1 and 2 event will fare, but that the event has more teams this year than last.

“We feel like we’re on track, but we have a month to go,” she said. “We’re feeling pretty good about it.”

Cook’s statements Wednesday come three days before another fund-raiser, slated this weekend in Grass Valley.

Jack Cramer, owner of Gold Bowl, says he plans to go ahead with his “Bucks for Tuck’s and their neighbors” event anyway.

“That’s his feeling, but it’s not really for him,” Cramer said. “Whatever I do take in – $100 or $10,000 – that’s what I do.”

Cramer said he mentioned doing a fund-raiser to Greg and wife Rona Cook a couple of weeks ago.

“I mentioned it to them when they were out in the street watching them take the building down,” Cramer said about the demolition work on the burned-out building at Pine and Commercial streets.

The Gold Bowl, at 115 Bank St. in Grass Valley, will be the site of a bowling challenge beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Cook plans to be back in business as soon as he can.

“It’s a little too early to know,” Cook said. “In a few weeks I’ll have a better idea. We’re going full speed ahead.”

Cook, whose restaurant became Nevada City’s showcase for live music seven nights a week, has not received any of the proceeds, he stressed.

“And we don’t intend to receive any monies,” he added.

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