12/27/2007 UPDATE: ELECTRIC COMPANY ANNOUNCES CONCERT TO BENEFIT ELWOOD'S
Dec 27, 2007 @ 04:24 PM
By JESSICA RYEN DOYLE
UTICA - A benefit concert for Elwood’s Coffeehouse & Roadshow will take place Sunday, Jan. 13 at The Electric Company, Varick Street.
Elwood’s is being torn down Friday after it suffered severe damage in a fire that began next-door at 612 Columbia St. and killed 22-year-old Brittany Platt.
Anthony “Zee” Donaldson, owner of nearby The Electric Company, said he wanted to do what he could to help Elwood’s owner Dan Olah rebuild.
Olah and his girlfriend/business partner also lived upstairs from the coffeehouse.
The concert’s lineup includes Choke Slam, Paul Fullem, Joe Sweet and Jeremy Petrie.
Tickets are a $5 donation, which will go directly to the Elwood’s fund, Donaldson said.
UPDATE: Elwood's will be torn down. The damage was too extensive to the structure, and Dan Olah and Cathy DiCastro are in the process of salvaging what they can from the building. Dan and Cathy lived upstairs, and lost everything in the fire. You can help by contacting the Red Cross in Utica at THIS link, or see the comment section of this post for other options.
Elwood's Coffee House, a wonderful restaurant, cafe, and music venue, burned last night. Even more sadly, there was loss of life in the apartment building next door where the fire started. Elwood's was extensively damaged, and may have to be torn down.
My wife and I ate there numerous times, and found the food and atmosphere delightful. Our thoughts go out to the owners, Dan and Cathy. We loved Elwood's and appreciate all that it contributed to our city. We hope that they will reopen.