On Wednesday, several Canton restaurants will donate 30 percent of all daily sales to Believe in Tomorrow Children's Foundation, a nonprofit that Patrick "Scunny" McCusker championed.
I'm sure Scunny, who died Friday, would be pleased by this outpouring of generosity on the part of the neighborhood restaurants where he once was an active participant as the owner of Nacho Mama's and Mama's on the Half Shell.
The restaurants include Blue Hill Tavern, Portside, Americana, Speakeasy, Tavern on the Square, Shiso Tavern, Claddagh's Looney's (all four locations), Gin Mill, JD's, Sauté, and Plug Ugly's.
Mel Carter, co-owner of Blue Hill Tavern, Tavern on the Square, and Shiso Tavern, said in an email that he expects additional restaurants will be participating in the charity event, too.
I was in Sea Isle City, N.J., this weekend when word of Scunny's death began circulating around town and wasn't aware of the loss until later. When I returned home yesterday, I visited Nacho Mama's Facebook page and was touched by the outpouring of love and grief.
A comment by Christopher gives us insight into a man whose life was cut too short:
"On April 10, 2009, my wife and I went to Nacho Mama's for a quick lunch. Our son was in Johns Hopkins Children's Hospital waiting for a heart transplant. We are from Harford County and needed a few minutes of normal time to decompress and we decided a lunch at Nacho Mama's would be good. My wife and I had been talking about her living at the Ronald McDonald House while our son was sick. Scunny overheard us talking and asked us to hang around for a few minutes after we paid our bill. He came back with food to take back to the Ronald McDonald house. Scunny, you are one in a million."
Photo of Scunny, courtesy of Nacho Mama's Facebook page