CINCINNATI -- Tucker's turns 69 years old Saturday. Carla and Joe Tucker aren't sure if their Over-the-Rhine restaurant will make it to its 70th birthday.
But they've got their neighborhood trying to help them rise from the ashes.
A fire destroyed Tucker's kitchen July 27 after an employee forgot to turn off a stove.
The restaurant has been closed since the fire.
Tucker's kitchen has to be gutted; repairs are estimated to cost $65,000, far more than originally estimated.
Long-time customers are rallying to raise money for the neighborhood institution: Jean-Francois Flechet, owner of Taste of Belgium and a long-time Tucker's customer, set up an online store to help raise money for repairs, and Chris Heckman, a designer, created gift cards -- in denominations of $25, $50 and $100 -- to be sold at the City Flea from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Washington Park.
Fun Fact: Tucker's was the first restaurant to put tartar sauce on a burger -- not Frisch's. You can read more about that history right here.
"We have been involved in this community for a really long time, and we have always been giving back," Joe Tucker said in a news release. "It's amazing to be on the receiving end and see so many supportive people in the community, from our customers, neighbors to total strangers."
Heckman also set up a GoFundMe campaign, which so far has raised $15,000. That's helped the Tuckers get started on hiring an architect and a general contractor.