It was a huge hit at the restaurant on Saturday, this after an online post suggested that the servers "show more skin."
Hundreds of people came out for the cause, including Jacob Brady of Morgantown, who made it a family affair.
"My brother actually told me about it, he said some of his friends had been talking about it, saying it's really good," said Brady. "So I decided to check it out for myself."
"It was super busy. It was for a great cause. We all loved working, running around like chickens with our heads cut off. But we might have had our busiest night ever," said Ader Hutchinson, a server at Atomic Grill.
The special will run Sunday and Monday. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit the West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services program.ORIGINAL STORY:
Online restaurant reviews can be harsh, but when one diner posted on Urban Spoon that the servers at the Atomic Grill
needed to "show more skin," the owners were not going leave that one alone.
"That sort of attitude is Cro-Magnon at best," said owner Daniel McCawley.
But McCawley and his staff always try to please their customers, so they will be showing a lot of skin; potato skins.
Over Memorial Day weekend, the restaurant is offering a special on loaded potato skins. The proceeds from the special will benefit the West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services
"I'm a husband and a father of a 12 year old girl," McCawley said. "I have five sisters and it was just offensive."
The post on Urban Spoon has been removed, but the grill's owners hope the special educates people and shows the grill's stance on the issue.
"If you have a minute, have some potato skins, try some fresh, local barbecue and give to a good cause. It's important to us, it should be important to the community," McCawley said.
The special runs May 24-26, and the restaurant will also have information available aboutWVFRISS and their work.
After WBOY received concerns about the background of certain employees at the Atomic Grill and whether it was appropriate to support the "Show Your Skin" event there, WBOY reached out to the restaurant's owners for additional comment.
The restaurant's owners did not address the former employee specifically, but said their main goal is to support the cause of the WVFRIS and invited anyone who did not wish to patronize the restaurant to donate directly to the foundation. Read the full statement below.
The flurry of attention around the event caused people from around the U.S. and across the globe to contact the restaurant and foundation, offering their support. As a result, the WVFRIS created a PayPal account to accept donations.
"We at the Atomic Grill, in our brief time as a restaurant, have enjoyed supporting our community and its charitable organizations with our food a number of times. But we have never been so overwhelmed as we have by this most recent attempt to support a very worthwhile organization, WV FRIS, the West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services. We would like to express our gratitude for that outpouring of support and would like to point out that this upcoming event is about WV FRIS and their good work. We want to make sure that the real message does not get lost in the noise surrounding the event. You need not come to our restaurant to support WV FRIS. You can support them on-line. Of course, you’re always welcome to visit us but don’t lose sight of why we’re doing this.
You can find more about donating to WV FRIS on their web site http://www.fris.org/