Five more charities are set to benefit after a restaurant group that donates all its profits to good causes opens its fourth venue in Dundee today.
The Boozy Cow, which already operates in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Stirling, will now be supporting a total of 18 organisations across Scotland.
Owner Garreth Wood announced last month that the group had given away almost £500,000 over the past three years.
Profits from the Dundee restaurant will go to the Hot Chocolate Trust, Mid-Lin Day Care, Dundee Woman’s Aid, Art Angel, and Help for Kids.
Garreth said the response from people in Dundee had been overwhelming. He said: “I’ve never before experienced such intense interest in a venue. People have been trying to book tables, phoning up about jobs. We’ve even had inquiries about corporate functions. I’m immensely excited about our new Dundee venue, as are our staff, and it’s clear the people of Dundee are too.
“The charities we’ve partnered with do outstanding work in Dundee, from supporting disadvantaged children and young people to providing care to elderly people and helping women who have suffered from domestic abuse. I’m proud that we at Boozy Cow are donating our profits to help these fantastic causes.”
Boozy Cow has poured significant investment into the former Laing’s site, a well-known Dundee landmark on the city’s Roseangle, overhauling the building and revamping the legendary beer garden.
Garreth said: “I think people will particularly love our incredible beer garden, which boasts some spectacular views across the Tay, with plenty of room for people to enjoy a meal or some drinks on those all too precious sunny days, knowing that they’re helping give money to a local charity.
“Since we opened the first Boozy Cow, I’ve been overwhelmed by people’s excitement and generosity about our mission. I think one of the reasons we’ve built up such a loyalty with our customers is because they like coming to our venues knowing that the profits are going to benefit an organisation in their area.”
Charis Robertson of Hot Chocolate Trust said: “We are deeply committed to supporting young people in Dundee to thrive. It was encouraging and humbling to receive the phone call from Boozy Cow last week, telling us we had been nominated as one of their charity partners.
“Their business model and philanthropic vision is incredibly inspiring, and their financial support comes at an ideal time for Hot Chocolate Trust as we seek to develop and strengthen the work we do with young people. We are very excited to partner with Boozy Cow in the months and years ahead, to together make a real difference in the lives of young people in Dundee.”
A spokeswoman for Dundee Woman’s Aid said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been chosen to partner with the Boozy Cow. This news came totally out the blue for us and our partnership will undoubtedly have a positive impact in improving services for the women, children and young people experiencing domestic abuse in Dundee.”
Irene Sutherland of Mid-Lin Day Care said: “We are so pleased that the Boozy Cow has chosen us as one of their charities. This is both an honour and a pleasure to be connected to such an amazing and insightful foundation. This partnership will contribute to our ongoing support of service users who attend the centre and assist us in the continued development of the charity.”
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