Cricket Larson didn't know if Skipper's Smokehouse would survive Hurricane Irma.
"Fully expected to drive up to it being in 15 pieces in the parking lot, but she's standing tall and tough," the venue's marketing director said Tuesday. "One tree down in the back. Stage, dome, restaurant, bar, etc., just like when we locked it up to walk away prior to Irma. Unreal."
This week, the rampshackle Tampa restaurant and venue is paying that good karma forward by hosting a donation and hurricane supply drive for Irma victims in the hard-hit Florida Keys.
Larson and Skipper's owner Tom White have a house in Key West, and as of Tuesday "still have no word on it or our friends' and neighbors' safety," she said. "He and I will be going down to personally lend a hand for clean-up efforts."
Skipper's officials have been in touch with local authorities, and have a list (down below) of items they're accepting. Clothing, pots and pans and other garage-sale items aren't needed; just items of safety, security and sustinence.
Donation times are as follows, and will coincide with Skipper's upcoming concerts:
Wednesday: 11 a.m. to midnight
Thursday: 11 a.m. to midnight (Uncle John's Band at 8 p.m.)
Friday: 11 a.m. to midnight (Juanjamon Band, Kenny Stadelman, Kamp at 8 p.m.)
Saturday: 11 a.m. to midnight (The Cheaters and Halcyon at 8 p.m.)
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Sara Rose Band, above, with Dean Johanesen Trio at 5 p.m.)
Items that will be accepted:
- Mosquito repellant
- Baby formula, food and diapers
- Propane tanks
- Zip ties
- Duct tape
- First aid supplies
- Heavy duty trash bags
- Gas cans
- Toilet paper
- Paper towels
- Cleaning supplies
- Ready-to-eat foods
-- Jay Cridlin