Benefit for Bob

La Crepe Nanou's Bob Strong   La Crepe Nanou's Bob Strong

Update: I found out today that Bob was transferred to another facility where he will continue to get the care he needs for a few weeks when he will have another surgery. I thought it was unlikely that he could have gone home so soon.

Update: I was informed that the information I had about Bob’s condition has been changing. Today, when I tried to go see him in the hospital, I was informed he’s been discharged. Overall this is good news. I am trying to go see him at home this week. I am assuming this means he can eat something without a feeding tube, since they sent him home but I could be wrong. I am just happy that he got to get back home.

Robert Strong has been the bar manager at La Crepe Nanou for twenty-four years. He is very dear to all of us who frequent the restaurant. On Saturday, November 3, 2007 he was shot on St. Charles Ave. during an armed robbery. The incident left Bob initially in critical condition with major injury to his jaw.

How is Bob doing? He is still on a feeding tube and has had reconstructive surgery on his tongue. He cannot speak as his jaw is wired shut while it heals in stages for future surgery. He must communicate through a biting device and written notes. He requires five more surgeries to rebuild his jawbone and remains in inpatient care.

On Sunday, December 2nd, 2007, several area businesses will host a benefit to assist Bob with the cost of his surgeries and recovery at home in the year ahead and unite against the recent surge of violence in New Orleans.

Participating local restaurants include La Crepe Nanou, Galatoire’s, Cafe Degas, Dick & Jenny’s, Dante’s Kitchen, St. James Cheese Company, New Orleans Ice Cream Co., and many more. Area musicians Alex Chilton, Susan Cowsill, The Stringbeans, Herringbone Orchestra, and David Doucet and Al Tharp will perform throughout the evening. A silent auction will be held, with donations from artists, restaurants, and cultural institutions.

The benefit is from 3pm until 8pm at La Crepe Nanou, in the 1400 block of Robert Street. Tickets are $30.00 and include food, wine, and entertainment. Tickets may be purchased at La Crepe Nanou and The Wine Seller. All proceeds go directly to the Robert Strong Fund established at Capital One. Contact Aimee if you would like to send Bob a message of encouragement or would like to contribute :

1 Comment so far

  1. Craig (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 8:18 am

    We will be there. Let me know if we can provide some kind of culinary contribution to this very, very worthy endeavor.

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