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Late last week, Nick Benninger of Uptown 21 and Harmony Lunch sent out an invite to special friends, family members and fellow downtown Waterloo business owners. The rules were simple: Go to Nick and Nat’s Uptown 21 in beach gear. Be there by 6:30 p.m. and bring a donation to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region. This was going to be “civil disobEATience” at its most delicious.
After three tough years for business owners in the core, it was time to do something a bit edgy, disruptive — and probably illegal; it was time to thumb a nose at officialdom and bureaucracy, according to Benninger.
“As construction starts to wrap up and we get ready to unveil the new and improved uptown Waterloo streets, the Fat Sparrow Group wanted to do something a little different to kick off this new and exciting era and help say goodbye to all the fences,” said Benninger. (He may or may not have left out a adjective or two describing those fences.)
While they didn’t move any fences or barricades during the down-and-dirty pop-up construction-meal event, Uptown 21 staff set up an “exclusive” table smack dab in the middle of the gravel and earth-road outside the restaurant as the sun began to set. “We then rolled out the BBQ and grilled up shrimp and ribs. And, since they hadn’t shut us down by dessert, we set fire to an epic baked Alaska, roasted homemade marshmallows and sang protest songs around the barbecue. It was wild!” says Benninger.
It’s what he called “civil disobEATience” — and it raised about $1000 for the Food Bank of Waterloo Region.
[Photo: Nick Benninger]