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Falls Church restaurants to hold crawl fundraiser for Four Courts staff

Ireland’s Four Courts boarded up on 9/15/22 (staff photo)

The Falls Church restaurant community is coming together to raise money for the employees of Ireland’s Four Courts.

The Courthouse mainstay was heavily damaged on Aug. 12 when a rideshare driver, who was apparently suffering a medical emergency, slammed into the front of the pub during a Friday happy hour. Three people were seriously injured and a raging fire sparked by the crash charred much of the interior.

Arlington County police announced yesterday that the driver will not face criminal charges. A Four Courts co-owner told ARLnow that the first step of rebuilding, a partial demolition, will start soon, followed by construction “in a couple of months.”

In the meantime, fellow restaurants have been banding together to support Four Courts employees while the pub remain closed.

Samuel Beckett’s Irish Pub in Shirlington held a fundraiser last month and, in early November, a number of prominent Fall Church restaurants are holding a fundraiser dubbed the “Crawl for the Courts.”

“Clare and Don’s Beach Shack and Ireland’s Four Provinces are organizing this Falls Church effort to support the staff of Ireland’s Four Courts,” said a press release for the event.

Three employees were reported to be among the 12 who suffered injuries not considered serious.

More on the event, from the press release:

On Saturday, November 5, 2022, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., the local Falls Church restaurant community is coming together to host a Crawl for The Courts to benefit the employees of Ireland’s Four Courts. To participate, one will need to buy a voucher. The vouchers for the restaurant crawl will be available for purchase at each participating restaurant, on the day of the event. The cost is $100 per person and 100 percent of the proceeds raised will be presented to Irelands Four Courts. The patrons who come out to support this community effort will show their voucher to enjoy a bite and a drink special at each of the six participating restaurants.

A half dozen restaurants are participating, including:

Clare and Don’s Beach Shack
130 North Washington Street

Ireland’s Four Provinces
105 West Broad Street

Liberty Barbecue
370 West Broad Street

Northside Social
205 Park Avenue

Dogwood Tavern
132 West Broad Street

Harvey’s
513 West Broad Street

Crawl for the Courts poster (via Clare and Don’s Beach Shack)

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