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Knoxville deli raises nearly $5,000 for Ukrainian organizations

A North Gay Street deli, Potchke, that hasn’t officially opened its doors is already giving back to Ukraine.
Published: Feb. 27, 2022 at 7:12 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 28, 2022 at 6:02 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A North Gay Street deli, Potchke, that hasn’t officially opened its doors is already giving back to Ukraine.

The owners said the space and kitchen were ready so they wanted to sell one item and give all the funds to Ukrainian refugees and the resistance that’s still in war.

On Sunday, co-owners Laurence Faber and Emily Williams opened their doors to customers.

A North Gay Street deli, Potchke, that hasn’t officially opened its doors is already giving...
A North Gay Street deli, Potchke, that hasn’t officially opened its doors is already giving back to Ukraine.(WVLT)

“[It] pains us to sit and watch this unfold. We feel helpless. But any dollar, anything we can give maybe will reduce some amount of suffering. And that’s our goal,” said Williams.

They sold Borscht, a Ukrainian beet soup with sour cream on top.

Through the sales and extra donations, they raised more than $5,000 to help those in Ukraine.

“It makes me feel amazing because I’m texting my friends there every morning and they’re telling me about looking out their window and seeing explosions and I just felt like we couldn’t sit here and not do anything,” said Faber.

The deli will officially be opened later in March.

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