In January, Alex & Ika Restaurant in Cooperstown will donate money to local nonprofit groups.
Called “Well-spent Wednesdays,’’ the restaurant’s campaign pledges to give selected nonprofit organizations half of the price of every glass of draft beer and house wines sold Wednesday nights.
Organizations will be selected for a month each, and the first beneficiary will be Otsego 2000,according to Elizabeth Murphy, who oversees Alex & Ika’s publicity.
“We’re starting with Otsego 2000, as they have been at the forefront of the fight to keep our communities safe from the possible perils of hydrofracturing,’’ she wrote in an e-mail to The Daily Star. “We are proud to take a stand, and happy to have Otsego 2000 be the first to benefit from this idea.’’
Alex Webster, who along with Ika Fognell, owns the restaurant, said: “We were wondering what we could do to support people in the community and this seemed like a good idea. Every month, we’ll pick a good cause and see
what we can do to help out.’’ Alex & Ika’s Restaurant is not an ordinary eatery.
Though it’s situated on Main Street, customers come and go through a side door, and once inside the discreet twostory dining room, they might be anywhere.
For its first 10 years, the restaurant was a fixture in Cherry Valley, then moved to Cooperstown. Webster, who has worked as a chef from New York City to Key West, Fla., said Alex & Ika’s has emphasized less-expensive entrees in recent months, in response to the economic downturn.
“We serve the lunch menu all day long now,’’ he said. Otsego 2000 President Nicole Dillingham said that she appreciates the restaurant’s vote of confidence.
“This is exactly the kind of community support we’re going to need in the next year,’’ she said.
Otsego 2000 has been a leader among organizations opposing the efforts of natural gas drillers to extract the gas through hydraulic fracturing, the process of injecting wells with water, sand and chemicals.
While the industry says the process is safe, critics say it poses a threat to drinking water and wildlife and that gas supplies should remain underground until they can be extracted safely with a different technology.