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Popular Restaurateur Wades Through Waist-High Flood Waters to Feed First Responders: It’s Free High-End Steakhouse Meals for Houston’s Heroes

BY // 09.03.17

Since opening his wildly successful Washington Avenue steakhouse, B&B Butchers and Restaurant, two years ago, Ben Berg has been recognized as a friend to national celebs, movers and shakers, and Houston non-profits. As of this past week, he has become best friend of the city’s first responders.

His house flooded waist-high last Sunday, an image of him wading to safety was posted by the Los Angeles Times on Friday. After settling his family with friends, Berg’s next order of business was to open the restaurant as a feeding station for first responders.

He opened B&B Butchers on Thursday with a special three-course menu with generous selections offered free to Houston’s heroes. The tableside service was offered throughout the weekend during which he had fed steak and salmon dinners to more than 200 police officers as of Saturday afternoon.

For the first responders who could not make it to the restaurant, Berg and his staff have continued to prepare and deliver hot meals — more than 2,000 through Saturday — to the sheriff’s department and the neighboring fire and police stations.

“Although I am exhausted trying to move forward after my own family’s losses, I am dedicated to feeding these brave men and women who have risked their lives for Houstonians, including myself, over the past several days,” Berg said in a statement. “I created this menu because I wanted the first responders who could get away to come in, sit down, be waited on, and just feel really appreciated.”

His good works have not gone unnoticed outside of the first responder community. Yesterday, he received this email: “I just wanted to say I live across from Firehouse 6 and saw you all make a delivery to our first responders….thanks on behalf of the regular folks! I have watched them come and go nonstop and work tirelessly.” 

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The special B&B menu offered to first responders for free:

1st Course (Choice of 1)

Beef & Barley Soup

Soup of the Day

Mr. G’s Classic Caesar | parmesan tuile

Sizzling Thick Cut Bacon

Iceberg Wedge | crumbled blue cheese

2nd Course (Choice of 1)

Pan-Seared Salmon | wild mushrooms, snow peas, & kale w/ citrus beurre blanc

Butcher Shop Burger | white cheddar, applewood smoked bacon, mayo

Filet Medallions | w/ truffle fries & truffle aioli

B&B Italian Special | on semolina hero, ham, salami, capicola, mortadella, provolone & roasted red peppers w/ balsamic vinaigrette

The Washington Ave. | on baguette, B&B roast beef, turkey, deluxe ham, lettuce & tomato w/ mustard & mayo

Sides (Choice of 1)

Garlic Whipped Potatoes

Steak Fries

Onion Rings

Classic Creamed Spinach

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