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Colts owner Jim Irsay gives big donation to rebuild Kountry Kitchen

Indy soul food restaurant burned January 11
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Posted at 6:36 PM, Jan 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-24 18:41:09-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Colts owner Jim irsay has opened his wallet in a big way to help the Kountry Kitchen's rebuilding effort.

The popular Indianapolis soul food restaurant on North College Avenue was damaged by fire on January 11. Since then, a GoFundMe campaign has raised about $40,000 toward a $50,000 goal. That includes Irsay's $25,000.

Friday, owners Isaac and Cynthia Wilson provided an update on the restaurant's Facebook page:

As we promised, we are following up with you to provide an update. We continue to be overwhelmed by the generosity of our community. The outpouring of love and support for the Kountry Kitchen Family via the GoFundMe and the Drive-By Donation event were greatly appreciated.

As owners, we are standing strong along with our employees and the entire Kountry Kitchen Family. We will be back and we promise to continue our legacy of providing world famous soul food to our customers from Indianapolis and around the world.

Isaac and Cynthia Wilson

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The fire began in the restaurant's downstairs office, according to information from the Indianapolis Fire Department. IFD public information officer Rita Reith said the building was heavily damaged. The cause of the fire is unknown, but foul play is not suspected.