Anthony Wright, the legendary Charleston entrepreneur better known as Tony the Peanut Man, lost all of his cooking equipment in a fire behind his house on April 17. Tonight, several local bars and restaurants are kicking off six days' worth of fundraising events to help him get back in business.
Several of the fundraising nights will be accompanied by special offers from InTown.com, a Daniel Island-based coupon site that charges $1 per deal. Here's the list of what's going on this week, courtesy of Camille Key, head of event-planning and public relations company Charleston After Dark:
Mon. May 7: O-Ku (463 King St.) will offer a specialty drink for Tony all night long with 100 percent of the proceeds being donated to Tony. O-Ku will be open for dinner from 5 p.m. to midnight.
Tues. May 8: Big Gun Burger Shop (137 Calhoun St.) will donate 10 percent of sales from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m. to Tony. In addition, InTown will offer a buy one burger, get one free deal on their website.
Wed. May 9: Triangle - West Ashley (828 Savannah Highway) will donate 100 percent of tips and specialty drink sales to Tony from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tony himself will be the guest bartender and will also be serving boiled peanut hummus while music is played by Joe Girard of 95SX.
Thurs. May 10: Torch Velvet Lounge (545 King St.) will donate 10 percent of sales from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. and will host a DJ at 10 p.m. InTown coupons offer half off of your entire bar tab between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Fri. May 11: NV (48 N. Market St.) will donate 50 percent of the door proceeds to Tony from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. Beats provided by DJ Y-Not. InTown coupons available for $1 for your first drink between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Sat. May 12: Jimbo's Rock Lounge (1662 Savannah Highway) will donate a portion of the door proceeds to Tony and will feature The Average Savage as their live band from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
After Tony's equipment burned up, people came out of the woodwork to help him get back on his feet. Strangers and friends gave checks and cooking equipment, Piggly Wiggly donated 900 pounds of peanuts, and the Charleston RiverDogs took donations and sold peanuts to raise money. You can also help Tony out by giving to a special donation fund at any First Federal Bank in the tri-county area.