Charleston businesses team up for events to help Tony the Peanut Man

Local businesses are coming together to help Tony the Peanut Man replace equipment he lost in a fire last month.

Area businesses are teaming up for a series of events this week to benefit Tony the Peanut Man, whose cooking equipment was destroyed in a fire at his West Ashley home last month. and are coordinating the fundraiser, dubbed “Peanuts for Tony.” The events include:

Today - Oku, 463 King St., will offer a specialty drink from 5 p.m. to midnight, with all proceeds going to Tony.

Tuesday - Big Guns Burger Shop, 137 Calhoun St, will donate 10 percent of sales from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m. to Tony.

Wednesday - Triangle – West Ashley, 828 Savannah Highway, will donate all tips and specialty drink sales to Tony from 4 to 7 p.m. Tony will serve as guest bartender and will also be serving boiled peanut hummus.

Thursday - Torch Velvet Lounge, 545 King St., will donate 10 percent of sales from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Friday - NV, 48 North Market St., will donate 50 percent of door proceeds to Tony from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m.

Saturday - Jimbo’s Rock Lounge, 1662 Savannah Highway, will donate a portion of door proceeds to Tony.

Throughout the week, will offer deals on their website specifically for these events.

Tony, also known as Anthony Wright, has made his living selling boiled goobers for the past 23 years and has become something of a Lowcountry icon in the process. But in the span of 30 minutes on April 17, he lost at least $10,000 in equipment in a fire that occurred while he was cooking peanuts in his back yard.

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