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Helping Out Those Hurt in Brennan’s Fire

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By now most people have heard that Brennan’s of Houston “wine guy” James Koonce and his four-year-old daughter Katherine Koonce were severely injured during a fire that gutted Brennan’s during Hurricane Ike on early Saturday, September 14. Koonce and his daughter, who were riding the storm out in the historic restaurant, were admitted to an area hospital with burns to more than 70 percent of their bodies. They were listed in critical condition.

Local restaurants have taken up the Koonces’ cause and are raising funds to help with medical expenses.

Here’s what you can do:

This Sunday, September 28, the Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House will hold a benefit for the Koonces. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House is at 5061 Westheimer. For information, call 713-355-2600. $50.

Catalan is offering a Brennan’s inspired tasting menu for $65, of which $10 will be donated to Koonce and his daughter. Catalan chef Chris Shepherd will have a 4-course special with crab and corn bisque, Gulf shrimp remoulade, blackened redfish, and New Orleans style bread pudding topped with whisky sauce. Shepherd says the tasting menu will change every week, so you can go back often. Catalan is at 5555 Washington Avenue. For more information, call 713-426-4260.

A donation fund for the Koonces has also been set up at all Amegy Bank of Texas branches (see www.amegybank.com for locations).

We’ll keep you updated on the Koonces’ condition and more opportunites to help them.

Olivia Flores Alvarez

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