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Local restauranteur donates more than $28,000 in meals for hospital staff

Six hospital staff members wearing name tags enjoying their lunch at a long dark coloured table.

Staff from the Rehab & Physiotherapy team at GBGH give a wave of thanks for one of six meals provided to Georgian Bay General Hospital by Phil Karpathios & his staff from Phil’s Casual Dining and Phil’s Pub & Eatery.

Dinner by Phils on May 15

On Friday, May 15, the staff working the evening shift at Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) were treated to a dinner of lobster tails, prime rib sliders and garlic mashed potatoes thanks to the incredible generosity of Phil Karpathios, owner of Phil’s Casual Dining in Penetanguishene and Phil’s Pub & Eatery in Midland.

This was one of six meals Phil and his staff have prepared and delivered to the hospital since April 15, 2020.  In addition to the fine dining dinner menu, the restaurants have provided eggs benedict with bacon & sausage for breakfast, a selection of wraps and salads for lunches, and chicken souvlaki, schnitzel, fish & chips and a variety of pastas for dinner.  In total, the meals donated have a retail value of $28,200.

The front line staff put themselves at risk while keeping us safe and there are not enough words to express my gratitude and appreciation,” says Karpathios. “We are happy to be able to provide a weekly meal to the staff of GBGH while we are in this situation.”

Staff at the hospital expressed their gratitude, thanking Phil for his kindness and praising the delicious food.

We have been very moved by the generosity and support of the community during this time and specifically and have been amazed by the meals we have received from Phil’s,” says Crystal Handy, recreation therapist at GBGH. “Knowing there have been delicious lunches awaiting us, inspires and gives us a much needed boost each week.  It is extremely heartwarming to see how the community is truly standing beside us through this pandemic.

Phil’s restaurants remain open for take-out and delivery.  Phil’s Casual Dining in Penetanguishene is open from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily.  Phil’s Pub & Eatery in Midland is open 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. from Monday to Saturday.

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