PASCO, Wash. - Proceeds from Pasco's Sundown in Tri-Town event will go towards rebuilding Havana Cafe, which was burglarized earlier this week.
Police say sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning, someone broke into the restaurant through an alley door. Once inside, they slashed all the booths and chairs, damaged equipment and left graffiti all over the walls.
Damien Davis is the interim executive director for the Downtown Pasco Development Authority. He said when he first met with the owner, he wasn't sure if he was even going to reopen, but after receiving support from the community, he's now more motivated than ever.
Davis said people have offered their services to help him paint, upholster, etc for free. And now, the DPDA is also doing their part to help.
Havana Cafe was already planning their own event on July 20 for Colombian Independence Day, which coincidentally is the same day as Pasco's Sundown at Tri-Town event. Now, the two events will come together to help rebuild and repair the restaurant.
"With them being a small family business, the dollar is tight," Davis said. "These damages created by this individual could put this small business out of business. We don't want to see that happen."
The event will feature live music, a beer and wine garden and food vendors, including Havana Cafe. It is free to the public, but all money raised from food and alcohol will go towards Havana Cafe.
Donations will also be accepted at the event and at the Pasco Specialty Kitchen. There is currently not a GoFundMe for Havana Cafe, and any out there are fraudulent.
Sundown at Tri-Town will be held at the Pasco Farmer's Market from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on July 20.