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By Leah Sander
WARSAW — Papa Vino’s Italian Kitchen wants “to be a part of the community that gives.”
That’s according to Dan Fitzpatrick, the chairman, president and CEO of its parent company, Quality Dining Inc.
The restaurant did just that at the grand opening ceremony and ribbon-cutting for its Warsaw location at 2640 Escalade Way, on Monday, July 10.
The company gave $627.32 to The Beaman Home and $536.51 to the Warsaw Community High School JROTC.
Fitzpatrick explained monies for the donations came from proceeds of alcohol sales during a friends and family event the restaurant had last week.
Along with accepting funds, the JROTC played a role during the grand opening ceremony by presenting the colors and helping raise the flag before those present said the Pledge of Allegiance.
“As an organization, we have a lot of deep feelings about being patriotic to remember the privilege that our country is for all of us, for all the people that came before us that made this country what it is,” said Fitzpatrick. “There’s a flagpole at every one of our restaurants. … And we’re really proud of it.”
“We’re rewarded by people’s patronage as guests, and it’s just been an ethic since we started our organization over 40 years ago, that we’re going to be a participating, contributing corporate citizen in our communities,” he said of why the company opts to give back. “I’m really happy the ROTC folks got (funds) and of course The Beaman Home has just done great work in the community. I’m glad we could help them.”
Fitzpatrick also mentioned the company’s work with Veterans of Foreign Wars, with it having contributed $2.5 million to the organization’s Unmet Needs program, and its giving approximately $12 million to Catholic schools.
Papa Vino’s is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The menu may be viewed by clicking here.
The restaurant also offers carryout and catering.