UPDATE: Thanks to Hoosier spirit, the crowd sourcing option did raise the necessary funds through donations and sales of Po-Boy Sandwich Club cards over the weekend to immediately pay the error on Papa Roux’s tax bill that resulted in the state temporarily shutting them down.
But the owners have decided not to profit from the generosity. Instead of continuing to make the monthly payments to the Indiana Department of Revenue as they were doing, those monthly payments will now go to help support The PourHouse, Inc., a homeless outreach based downtown, until the amount of the original bill is reached..
“We didn’t deserve your generosity, but we gracefully accepted it. And we didn’t deserve the emergency funds, but we humbly admitted that we needed it.
“But we NEVER would keep what isn’t ours,” the Bouviers said on Facebook.
They can’t access the money in the GoFundMe account until it reaches $30,000, so if you would like to donate knowing the funds will support bulk purchases of blankets, clothes, and more, we encourage you to click here. And for every thousand dollars raised above $30,000, Papa Roux will provide dollar-for-dollar matching donations in hot meals for the homeless via The PourHouse.
Well done, Papa Roux and Indy, too. Cheapsters,, thanks to your sharing this post, we have donated $75 to the cause. We, too, would like to thank readers for getting the word out, and let you know that Papa Roux’s Po-Boys and Cajun Eats is back in business!
Papa Roux hardly needs an introduction in Indianapolis. The eastside Cajun restaurant has been at the center of a lot of good news this year, from offering workers caught without a paycheck in the government shutdown to pay what they could for lunch to honoring emergency workers after the recent snow storm with free meals to hiring a homeless kid walking in the cold to a job last winter.
Well, now it seems Papa Roux (aka Art Bouvier) has hit some bad news instead: a miscalculation on owed taxes has closed the restaurant doors temporarily, leaving HIS crew without jobs. In order to get the doors reopened, the restaurant is crowd sourcing the funds—and offering a very nice gift for a reward level. If you donate $350, you get a po-boy club card, good for one of these addictive sandwiches every week for a year. There’s a limited number of these magic cards available, and they save the average Cajun food lover as much as $144 on the year.
And you’re helping out a pretty good guy. The first step is to click here. The second step is to study the menu here and start prioritizing your weeks by sandwich. And for more information on this tax situation, the story starts here.
Message Papa Roux at his Facebook page if you qualify for the po-boy offer.
Indianapolis on the Cheap is willing to do our part. We’ll outright donate for every hit we get on this web post or share for the post on our Facebook page: $25 for up to 500, $35 for up to 1,000 and $50 if we see more than that 1,000. If our Google Adsense revenues from this traffic pay it, I’ll go even higher. Trust me, we’re small potatoes, too, but communities coming together doesn’t have to be about large dollar amounts — just large hearts.