How this Oregon District business helped raise $2K for its neighbors damaged by fire

A little B.I.N.G.O raised a lot of money for people left out of work since a fire shut down more than half a dozen Oregon District business.

Andy Rowe, the assistant general manager of Blind Bob's bar in the Oregon District, said the bar's special bingo fundraiser Monday raised $1,985 to provide assistance after a Dec. 29 fire that shut down Salar Restaurant and Lounge at 400 E. Fifth St., and about a half-dozen surrounding businesses.

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Salar, which employed about 35, remains closed.

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The other impacted businesses — among them Hicks Barber Shop & Shave Parlor, Spice Paradise, Addison Home Health ServicesThe Scenery and Canary Consulting — have found or are looking for places to work temporarily.

About 75 people attended the bingo night at Bob’s, which is just doors away from Salar.

An ongoing GoFundMe fundraiser has collected more than $7,400 to support impacted  workers.

Business owners estimate it will take months before they can resume business in their shops.

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Credit: Photo: Rachel Jensen

Credit: Photo: Rachel Jensen

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