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The North Carolina hospitality management company aims to achieve the goal via events, guest donations and sales of a special Ukraine cocktail at 29 restaurants in July.

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 11, 2022)LM Restaurants, a North Carolina-based hospitality management company known for Carolina Ale House and 10 signature brand restaurants, has set a company-wide goal of raising $100,000 for World Central Kitchen by the end of July.

The company’s fundraising efforts will include a special event at the Oceanic restaurant in Wrightsville Beach from 6-9 p.m. July 21. The Sunset Soiree at Crystal Pier will include live music, hors d’oeuvres and a reception cocktail. Tickets cost $45 per person. One hundred percent of proceeds will be donated. Purchase tickets at

LM Restaurants’ fundraising efforts kicked off June 23 with a Taste of Ukraine dinner at Vidrio restaurant, which raised $10,000. LM Restaurant owners, husband-and-wife team, Lou and Joy Moshakos, and their daughter and company president, Amber, decided to expand the fundraising efforts across 29 of the company’s restaurants. The funds will support World Central Kitchen’s efforts to feed those displaced by the Russian war in Ukraine.

“LM Restaurants is a hospitality focused family and we work to nourish our community, day in and day out. We are excited for all of our restaurants to come together in a company-wide fundraising effort to support the people of Ukraine,” said Lou Moshakos. “We fully support and admire the work of World Central Kitchen, especially in Ukraine and the surrounding countries. Together, we can significantly impact our global community through food and hospitality.”

Amber Moshakos added: “My father is an immigrant from a small village in Greece. Growing up he heard his mother’s stories of WWII invasions. As a family and a company, we couldn’t sit by and do nothing – we are compelled to act now. Our mission is to feed our community, so partnering in a fundraiser for World Central Kitchen was the best way for us to feed the greater global community.”

Lou and Joy Moshakos founded the company in 1978 and its restaurants include Bluewater Waterfront Grill in Wrightsville, N.C. and Hops Supply Co. in Wilmington, N.C.; and Carolina Ale Houses throughout North and South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Florida.

There are three ways the company is hoping to reach its goal:

  • All month, 29 of the company’s restaurants will feature a special Ukraine Cocktail (image below) made with Ketel One Botanical Peach and Orange Blossom Vodka (Dutch vodka, not Russian), peach liqueur, fresh lemon juice, housemade simple syrup and fresh mint. The special cocktail costs $12 and 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated.
  • Throughout July, guests will be invited to donate to World Central Kitchen by adding $5, $10, $20 or any amount to their restaurant check.
  • Various LM Restaurants also will be doing special events throughout the month; event details will be posted at