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Austin restaurants donating portion of sales Thursday to Uvalde shooting relief efforts

Matthew Odam
Austin American-Statesman
Via 313 is donating a portion of sales from all of its Texas locations Thursday to relief efforts in Uvalde.

Two big hospitality and restaurant groups in Austin have announced they intend to contribute money to relief efforts in Uvalde following the mass shooting at Robb Elementary in the South Texas town.

Via 313 will donate 10% of all sales at its Texas locations on Thursday to a selection of verified GoFundMe campaigns that has been established to assist the families in Uvalde. 

"It’s the least we could do to help the families that were affected," Via 313 co-founder Brandon Hunt said. 

New Waterloo hospitality group, which operates almost a dozen hotels and restaurants in Austin and Santa Fe, New Mexico, announced it would donate 15% of food and beverage sales at its Austin properties (such as Sway, La Condesa and Cafe No Se) to a fundraiser created by the Los Verdes Austin FC supporters group, which New Waterloo says is working directly with the Uvalde city council to distribute money.

The company, which is also a partner in Butler Pitch & Putt, said 50% of all sales at the par-three course Thursday would also go to the fund. New Waterloo also established a link in its Instagram stories for people to donate directly. 

"Today, we will do the only thing we can do — band together to leverage our strength in numbers and community to support our neighbors in Uvalde, Texas," the company posted on its Instagram.

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