TULSA, Okla — BurnCo Barbeque in Tulsa caught fire on Wednesday, February 16th destroying the building.
To help BurnCo and FarmBar, which also suffered damage from the fire, nearby businesses are raising funds to help the two companies recoup lost wages.
The co-owner of Mercury Lounge, Bobby Orcutt, said "The people that work at BurnCo, anytime they have leftovers they feed us they cone over we know them we see them every single day. It’s kind of extended community and family so anything we could do to help we wanted to do.”
The benefit concert at Mercury Lounge had a lineup of eight performers, this was put together within an hour of learning about the fire on the 16th.
Orcutt told 2 News they were at capacity five minutes after opening the doors at noon.
The show is free but they are taking donations at the door.
Orcutt said the amount of support from the community has been amazing and exceeded his expectations.
“I’ve know those guys as long as they’ve been in business it’s it’s really there’s a lot a heart that’s going into this it’s not just about like oh we want to do good we want to feel good it’s it’s really like you know there are things that make Tulsa, Tulsa BurnCo Barbeque", Orcutt said.
A running total of how much has been raised is still in the works, but his goal is to raise enough to provide a portion of the wages for a few weeks for the staff at both businesses.
If he had to put a number on it, Orcutt hopes to raise at least four thousand dollars.
One attendee, Jack Jackson, said, “the energy, just the local support, everybody that has turned out and just to come together for Burn Co. it's just what Tulsa should be all about.”
Many other businesses like TXMZ Tacos and even the BOK Center also collected money to support BurnCo and FarmBar.
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