Picasso’s Pizzeria sold 138 slices of taco pizza on Tuesday, and all of the proceeds are going to injured neighbor Ruben Acosta. Denise Neil The Wichita Eagle
Picasso’s Pizzeria sold 138 slices of taco pizza on Tuesday, and all of the proceeds are going to injured neighbor Ruben Acosta. Denise Neil The Wichita Eagle

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Delano restaurants tally total from Ruben fundraiser

June 28, 2017 05:00 PM

UPDATED June 28, 2017 07:04 PM

The three Delano restaurants who got together to raise money for a neighbor in need had a pretty successful day on Tuesday.

When everything was tallied, said organizer and Picasso’s Pizzeria owner Kurt Schmidt, nearly $3,300 was raised for Ruben Acosta, who remains in the hospital after a June 9 shooting at his restaurant, Ruben’s Mexican Grill at 915 W. Douglas.

Schmidt, who pledged to donate all of the proceeds from sales of a special taco pizza on Tuesday, said his restaurant at 621 W. Douglas was packed all day with diners who came in specifically help out. He sold 138 slices of the special pizza.

“It was a busy, busy day,” he said.

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Down the street at The Monarch, 579 W. Douglas, owner Jen Ray sold 150 Reuben sandwiches. And Delano Barbecue Company, 710 W. Douglas, which also was donating the proceeds from the sales of Reuben sandwiches, also had a busy day.

The restaurants plan to deliver the money to Acosta’s family on Thursday, Schmidt said.

Meanwhile, sales of a special beer are ongoing at Aero Plains Brewing, the brewery at 117 N. Handley in Delano. It 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 more than $600, owner Lance Minor said.

Denise Neil: 316-268-6327, @deniseneil