Restaurants help Maciel’s get back on their feet

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The Memphis restaurant community banded together to help a fellow eatery in need.

Popular restaurant Maciel's on South Main has been closed since its roof caved in a week ago.

Sunday night, Rizzo's Diner and City Tasting Tours teamed up to help Maciel's hold a pop-up taco bar.

All of the proceeds went toward helping Maciel's reopen.

Rizzo's owner and chef Michael Patrick said he can relate to their situation as a fellow small business owner.

"I've known Manuel since he opened, been a regular at his restaurant," Patrick said. "We're both mom and pop operations, so I know what it feels like when the bottom drops out, you know."

Patrick said he hopes this event gives Maciel's some sustainability for at least a few weeks.

A GoFundMe account has also been set up to help Maciel's.

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