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      On Saturday, August 6, a fire blazed through our beloved island shack leaving little behind. Fortunately, there were no injuries – people nor iguanas. It’s hard to believe our family-run operation that has served meals for over six million people in 20 years, surviving a major oil spill, multiple devasting hurricanes, and a global pandemic was destroyed in a matter of minutes.  


      The fire is not the end of The Island Cow. It’s the chance for a new beginning and we’re coming back better than ever! But until we can rebuild, our hearts are with our herd – the over 50 staff, servers, hosts, managers, cooks, and bartenders who have become like family to us are now facing unemployment. Some have worked for us since we started and have known no other job since they were teenagers. Many work overtime at multiple restaurants on the island to provide for their families. Most have small children or kids in college, increasing rent rates, car payments or ongoing medical expenses. They’re the ones we need to support during this uncertainty. The process to rebuild from the ground up may take us to the end of 2023 or longer.  


      So we ask – will you rally with us to #HelptheHerd and give back to our employees and their families who desperately need support until they can get back on their feet? With 50 employees, the goal is to raise enough to cover their immediate expenses while we help connect them to new employers so they can begin providing for their families again. The Podlasek family will match every donation, dollar for dollar up to $10,000 which will have a profound impact in the lives of our hardworking staff. Gifts in any amount are greatly appreciated and will be directed in full to just The Island Cow employees – not the owners nor the rebuild efforts.


      There are many ways to give. Here on this donation page or check, Venmo or Zelle. Please include #HelpTheHerd to designate your funds for the Island Cow employees.


      Venmo: @PutItOnPetesTab


      Zelle: [email protected]


      Mail a check payable to:

        Put It On Pete’s Tab, Inc.

        P.O. Box 150911

        Cape Coral, FL 33915

      We hope you’ll consider giving to #HelptheHerd. Your support during this difficult time means the world to us. Your memories uplift us and we miss you already.  


      With gratitude and appreciation,  

      Brian & Elke Podlasek, owners 

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