When former Dragons and Sharks rugby league great Lance Thompson died suddenly last year, a new-to-the-scene Cronulla restaurant decided to give back to his family, soon after the doors of their new eatery opened.
CC Babcoq, which is owned by brothers Harry and Mario Kapoulas of Ham Cronulla and Rushi, and Anthony Gentile (Jake Chalmers), have decided to support the cause on their inaugural “ingredients and charity night”.
The brothers have been St George Illawarra Dragons fans their entire lives.
“We grew up watching Thompson play and he was legendary,” Harry said. “We were very saddened when he passed away.
“When I got the email from [his wife] Emma, it was obvious that we would support the charity set up for his children, who desperately need financial help.”
Thompson was found dead in his Cronulla unit on August 23, 2018. He was 40 years of age.
The restaurant’s event on February 27 will donate 10 per cent of its takings to support Thompson’s children.
“One ingredient will be chosen and every dish made will include this ingredient,” Harry said.
A specialty cocktail that also includes this same ingredient will be served on the night.
The ingredient chosen for the first event is tomatoes. The cause and the ingredient will change each month.
“[The event] is designed to encourage the community to try something different while supporting a worthy cause,” Harry said.
“We hope that the locals will get behind us in making these nights a success.”
The evening will be an all-shared set menu with a cocktail, two starters, two mains, two sides, and dessert.
Cost is $95 per head.
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