Dining With Denise Neil

You can help out Ruben’s owner at these Delano restaurants on Tuesday

Ruben Acosta is still in the hospital after a June 9 shooting at his restaurant, and now his business neighbors are banding together to help.
Ruben Acosta is still in the hospital after a June 9 shooting at his restaurant, and now his business neighbors are banding together to help. Courtesy photo

Ruben Acosta’s Delano restaurant neighbors are banding together on Tuesday to put on a mega-fundraising event for him.

Acosta, 58, remains in the hospital after a June 9 shooting at his restaurant, Ruben’s Mexican Grill at 915 W. Douglas. He was shot twice during a robbery, during which Acosta also returned fire.

Reginald Kane, 26, has been booked into jail and is being held on suspicion of first-degree attempted murder, aggravated robbery, criminal possession of a firearm and three counts of aggravated assault.

As of Monday, there had been no change in Acosta’s condition, said his granddaughter, Jessica Demieville. He’s undergone at least six surgeries, she said, and now he’s stable but hasn’t improved.

“It’s going to be a slow process,” she said.

But Acosta’s neighboring restaurants are going to help. On Tuesday, three of them will offer menu specials, and they’ll give 100 percent of their proceeds from sales of the specials to the Acosta family to help cover expenses.

Here’s who’s participating.

▪ Picasso’s Pizzeria, 621 W. Douglas: The restaurant will donate proceeds of slices of a special taco pizza – which isn’t on its usual menu. People can choose beef or chicken as a topping, said owner Kurt Schmidt.

▪ The Monarch, 579 W. Douglas: This popular Delano bar will be selling a Reuben sandwich in Acosta’s honor and donating the proceeds. Sandwiches will be served with a side of chips.

▪ Delano Barbecue Company, 710 W. Douglas: The barbecue restaurant will donate proceeds from its smoked Reuben sandwiches and from its smoked chicken fajita salads.

Also, Aero Plains Brewing, the brewery at 117 N. Handley in Delano, has renamed its Mexican Lager “Ruben’s Revenge” and is donating $2 of every $6 pint sold until the beer runs out. So far, the brewery has raised about $600, owner Lance Minor said.

Two weekends ago, Tanya’s Soup Kitchen also put on a fundraiser for the Acosta family, offering all of the proceeds from the sale of its special on Friday and Saturday to the family. According to the restaurant’s Facebook page, it ran out of the special quickly on Saturday, selling 60 orders in 30 minutes. For the rest of the evening, it sold Reuben sandwiches and donated those proceeds, too.

Ruben’s Mexican Grill reopened last week after being closed while friends, family members and employees cleaned up after the shooting. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

Denise Neil: 316-268-6327, @deniseneil

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