As Europe sees its first major war in decades after the Russian military launched rocket strikes in Ukraine, many Ukrainians have already lost their lives and hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing.
The White House discourages Americans from traveling to Ukraine and joining the fight against the Russian invasion. Here’s what D.C.-area bars and restaurants are doing to help Ukrainians affected by the crisis:
Know of a D.C.-area restaurant or bar that is aiding Ukrainians? Send the details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dacha Navy Yard
Kevin Bacon and his band did a surprise “Stand in Ukraine” show on Dacha Navy Yard’s newly reopened patio after the nearby Nationals game let out on Sunday, April 10, belting out Bob Dylan’s protest anthem “I Shall Be Released” along with an upbeat rendition of “Footloose” to a packed crowd. Bacon’s nonprofit SixDegrees raised over $6,000 from the pop-up performance to support Ukrainian relief efforts. Public donations keep flowing in, and the goal is to reach $10,000. Dacha’s brewery partners DC Brau, Aslin, and Right Proper separately pledged money to the cause, too. Dacha has personal ties to the crisis — its owners are Russian and several employees are Ukrainian — and hosts regular fundraising events in Shaw and Navy Yard.
We heard about @DachaDC running promotions to fundraise for Ukraine because it hits close to home for the owners and staff. @SixDegreesofKB and @baconbrothers want to help. Stop by today to support their fundraiser. Never know who you’ll run into #Sixdegrees #StandWithUkraine pic.twitter.com/xYmVoIcINY— Kevin Bacon (@kevinbacon) April 10, 2022
Starting Monday, April 11, Ted’s Bulletin released a new Ted’s Tart to help relief efforts in Ukraine. The wild berry-filled sweet, topped with a blue vanilla glaze and yellow sprinkles, is available through June 21 at all D.C., Maryland, and Virginia locations. All proceeds of each $4 tart go directly to Mercy Chefs, a Virginia-based nonprofit supporting displaced Ukrainians in need. The Mercy Chefs team is working on the frontlines at the Ukraine border, coordinating with international response partners to provide food, water, and meals to refugees fleeing the country. (multiple locations)
When this new grab-and-go Indian street food spot opens in Penn Quarter on Monday, April 18, the restaurant will donate the proceeds from the first 100 customers during opening week to World Central Kitchen. (415 7th Street NW)
Centrolina and Piccolina
Through April 21, Amy Brandwein’s Centrolina is donating a portion of daily sales to World Central Kitchen. Meanwhile, Piccolina is selling Ukrainian flag heart cookies and donating all proceeds to #BakeForUkraine.
The Georgetown macaron maker donates a portion of proceeds from its new “Support Ukraine” gift box ($65) to chef José Andrés’s nonprofit World Central Kitchen. Each box is stocked with 20 blueberry cheesecake and lemon meringue cookies.
Casual Georgian gem Tabla (3227 Georgia Avenue NW) is supporting is supporting Ukrainain aid groups through drinks. A Spicy Zelensky cocktail ($12) is a mule made with Ukrainian Nemiroff honey pepper vodka, ginger beer, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup, proceeds from its sale throughout March go to World Central Kitchen. Also enjoy Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s old TV show and other Ukrainian content on the restaurant’s TV screens.
Knead Hospitality + Design
Along with pulling Russian vodka from its shelves, the D.C. restaurant group stands in solidarity with Ukraine by donating a portion of proceeds from every punch cocktail sold at its restaurants (Succotash, Gatsby, Mi Vida, Bistro du Jour, Mi Casa) to UNICEF to help children in Ukraine.
SpacyCloud’s owner Tatiana Kolina, who’s half Ukrainian, half Russian, stands in solidarity with the war-torn country. Her skater shop, vegan restaurant, and arts collective in Adams Morgan, along with its subterranean cocktail bar Spacy Tea Lounge, continues to donate 25 percent of sales to relief effort Razom For Ukraine.
Dacha Beer Garden
Shaw’s Dacha Beer Garden, with Russian owners and several Ukrainian employees, urged its followers to “band together and help support Ukraine” in a message posted to Facebook.
The decade-old Shaw location hosts frequent fundraisers for UNICEF and other Ukrainian aid groups. Dacha will post upcoming events on Instagram.
Bakers Against Racism
Grassroots hit fundraising group Bakers Against Racism, started by three D.C. pastry chefs, is cooking up a #bakeforukraine fundraiser. Bake sales across the nation will raise money for relief organizations.
D Light Bakery
Meanwhile, D Light Cafe and Bakery, the Adams Morgan bakery from two Ukrainian sisters that just reopened after a fire destroyed its front entryway, raises funds for Ukrainian aid in various ways. Follow the bakery’s Instagram account for more information.