The Vancouver restaurant scene is full of worthy culinary contenders, however, this week a few establishments will be physically duking it out in the boxing ring for Restaurant Rumble 2013.
The contenders have been training for 12 weeks, Fight Night is almost here and the official match-ups have been announced.
In 2012, the founders of Aprons for Gloves began boxing as a way to unwind and keep in shape. While training at the neighbourhood gym, however, they found something far beyond stress relief and physical fitness.
The gym was filled with local East Side kids who, with the support of the coaches, were learning first-hand about persistence, respect and self-confidence both in and outside of the ring. In Spring of 2012, the gym was shut down, leaving many troubled youth without this safe and constructive environment. With this in mind, the Restaurant Rumble fundraiser was born.
Through Restaurant Rumble, Vancouver’s Gastown and East Side service industry fights to save the East Side Boxing gym. From bartenders to servers, managers and owners, members of the restaurant community form teams, undergo rigorous training and raise funds to box one another in the Restaurant Rumble ring. All proceeds from the fundraising and the event go toward the reopening of the gym and reviving its programs for local youth.
In 2012, the funds raised from Restaurant Rumble helped us secure a new space for the gym and invest in basic boxing equipment, including bags, gloves, and a ring. But we still have a long way to go. We still need to do some renovations which will require permits to be approved by the city before we can officially reopen to the public and kids of the downtown East Side. By supporting your favourite fighter, coming to our event, or simply donating to the cause, you can help us make this a reality.
The boxers will be officially weighed-in at The Woodwards Atrium on the Eve of the Main Event. All Contenders will stand on the scale barefoot and without gloves. If the boxer weighs slightly over the limit, they have the option to strip naked to try to make weight.
The weigh-in is a great photo opportunity and boxers and their entourage are encouraged to interact and trash-talk each other
When: Tuesday, July 23 at 7 p.m.
Where: Woodwards Atrium – 111 West Hastings
When: Wednesday, July 24
Where: The Goldcorp Centre for the Arts at SFU Woodwards