COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - A restaurant owner in Columbus has raised thousands of dollars to help another local business owner whose restaurant burned down last Friday.
Doug Pellum owns Zachary's in downtown Columbus.
Columbus restaurant, Fish & Blues burned down on Friday July 9th, 2021. Photo taken: July 15, 2021.
After a fellow local restaurant, Fish & Blues, burned down on Friday, businesses owners like Pellum teamed up to make sure this wouldn't be the end of the local attraction.
“They have no idea what’s in store for them," said Pellum. "We thought maybe we’d step up, help them out a little bit, show them hey, the community loves them. Everybody cares about them and give them hope that there is a tomorrow coming.”
However, that little bit turned into quite a bit.
After less than a week of fundraising, Pellum collected over $7K to give his fellow restaurant owner.
He said his motivation to raise this money came from knowing what the business was going through.
Zachary's burned down just two years ago forcing him to rebuild the business, but he said the community also helped him during his time of need.
“Once their restaurant burned, we knew what they were going through," he explained. "Tavron is a customer of ours and actually a former employee of mine and so we felt like that we needed to step up and do something.”
Several other local businesses followed.
Pellum said restaurants like CJ's Pizza also are accepting donations to help.
He went on to say, “Everybody’s pulling together here and we’re trying to just make this a place you want to be.”
However, this isn't Zachary's first time helping another business in the community.
Since 2017, Zachary's has raised nearly $200K for other local businesses in Columbus.