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GoFundMe raises thousands of dollars to save the Silly Ax Cafe

After nearly closing, a restaurant in the Highlands remains open thanks to generous donations from the community. The Silly Ax Cafe on Dundee Road is Louisville’s only dedicated gluten-free restaurant. It is also peanut and nut free. Owner Angela Pike shared this GoFundMe online about a week ago asking the community for help if she wanted the restaurant to stay open. “Margins are really tight, they’re already tight with restaurants in general, especially in a small, family-run, popular restaurant like ours,” Pike said. “I don’t have any company or anything supporting me. It’s just me and my family.” More than $25,000 has been donated via GoFundMe and in person. Staff shortages, pipes bursting and flooding the restaurant and now driving up food prices. Pike explains how the Silly Ax Café has much higher food costs in general and the difficulty of finding alternatives.” When one of our items skyrockets or triples or quadruples the price like so many things, we usually can’t find any alternative object to use,” Pike said. “Because an alternative item is processed in a place with peanuts or tree nuts or is processed in a facility where wheat exists.” Pike plans to launch a new menu using cheaper ingredients and less labor-intensive recipes. Pike said she plans to pay off accumulated debt, get back on track, and set aside whatever remains in case something bad happens again. of love,” Pike said. “When I wanted to give up, there was a big part of me, I felt mentally finished. I didn’t want to do it anymore. I gave it my all and honestly the community brought back my will to fight, my will to keep going.” To read Pike’s full post, click here.

After nearly closing, a restaurant in the Highlands remains open thanks to generous donations from the community.

The Silly Ax Cafe on Dundee Road is Louisville’s only gluten-free restaurant. It is also free of peanuts and tree nuts.

Owner Angela Pike shared this GoFundMe online about a week ago asking the community for help if she wanted the restaurant to stay open.

“Margins are really tight, they’re already tight with restaurants in general, especially in a small family restaurant like ours,” Pike said. “I don’t have any company or anything supporting me. It’s just me and my family.”

Over $25,000 was donated via GoFundMe and in person.

Pike said they have struggled to catch up after being hit by COVID-19, staff shortages, bursting pipes flooding the restaurant and now rising food prices.

Pike explains how The Silly Ax Café has much higher food costs in general and the difficulty of finding alternatives.

“When one of our items skyrockets or triples or quadruples in price like so many other things, we usually can’t find an alternate item to use,” Pike said. “Because an alternative item is processed in a place with peanuts or tree nuts or is processed in a facility where wheat exists.”

Pike plans to launch a new menu using cheaper ingredients and less labor-intensive recipes.

Pike said she plans to pay off accumulated debt, get back on track, and set aside whatever remains in case something bad happens again.

“I haven’t had a paycheck in about six months and honestly at this point it’s a labor of love,” Pike said. “When I wanted to give up there was a big part of me, I felt mentally finished. I didn’t want to do it anymore. I gave it my all and honestly the community brought back my will to fight, my willingness to continue.”

To read Pike’s full article, click here.

Richard Dement

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