Fundraiser set to aid workers displaced by Adams Village fire

The scene outside Blasi’s Cafe on Sept. 23. Photo courtesy BFD.

Neighbors in Adams Village are coming the aid of workers who have lost their livelihood since a fire shuttered their workplaces last month.

A fire on Sept. 23 heavily damaged the inside 756-762 Adams St., a two-story building that houses the popular Blasi’s Café, Village Touch salon, PS Gourmet Coffee, and several offices upstairs. All have been closed since the fire, which caused more than $700,000 in damage, according to the Boston Fire Department.

It remains unclear when the businesses will re-open.

The partners of Lucy’s American Tavern— Pat Dillon, Shawn O’Hearn and Joanne Bulger, along with their staff — have banded together to organize the fundraiser, which will be held at Lucy’s at 13 Granite Ave. next Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event has been billed as “It Takes a Village.”

“The funds raised will go directly to the employees to sustain them until they can figure out their next steps,” said Dillon, who noted that relief is especially needed for Blasi’s and Village Touch employees.

“Nobody really knows how long before these businesses are going to be open or if they will re-open at all,” he said. “The employees have worked there for 10, 15 plus years, which is unheard of in this business. There’s a loyalty there and we want to help. We just want to get as much money together as we can to give to them,” said Dillon.

Lucy’s is hoping to fill the restaurant the night of the event and they will be providing complimentary hors d’oeuvres. There will be a silent auction, 50/50 raffles, and plenty of prizes. Donations will be accepted at the door.