Sunday, December 23, 2007



Dec 27, 2007 @ 04:24 PM

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.

1 comment:

Andy said...

This is a Myspace bulletin posted by Elwood's Coffee House:

Thank you all for the support you have shown durring this hard time. Below I have included a bulletin posted by one of our dear friends and loyal costumers. Also, please feel free to contact Stefanie F. at 315-5276947.

Once again thank you all for your kind thoughts and prayers. When I get updates, I will try to keep you all posted.

Brie and the rest of the Elwood's Staff and family!

Happy Holidays Everyone,

Below you will find a link of a news story. Friends of mine, the owners of Elwoods Coffeehouse and Roadshow in Utica, suffered a massive fire early this morning. The fire began at the building next to theirs and carried over to the restaurant. The owners Dan and Kathy lived upstairs with their dog Elwood.

I know this is a hard time of year for everyone but I am collecting to for them. I have just been told the buildings are being torn down so EVERYTHING is gone. If you would like to donate cash, food, clothes, etc....please let me know or contact the local Red Cross.

Already we have a ham and turkey for Christmas dinner, a few hundred dollars, and a vintage record for Dan who proudly displayed his 50 greatest albums of all time in his restaurant.

Please pass this on and Happy Holidays to everyone in this crazy time of year. Lets keep what is truly important into perspective.

All the Best,
Jessica Elefante