Milwaukee chef Gino Fazzari will donate 50% of the proceeds from his downtown restaurant on Thursday to an officer shot dead in the Third Ward shooting

Milwaukee Chief Gino Fazzari announced he would donate 50% of all profits from his downtown restaurants on Thursday to the Milwaukee Police Detective who police and prosecutors say was shot while he was intervening in an attempted robbery in the Third Ward.

“Too often people take for granted the men and women who are willing to put themselves in harm’s way every day so that we can all eat, drink, work and play safely in our city,” Fazzari said.

On Jan. 13, Detective Andrew Wilkiewicz was a customer at a downtown restaurant when he was shot multiple times by someone trying to rob another person, according to the criminal complaint. Wilkiewicz spent five days in Froedtert Hospital.

The product Fazzari is offering will come from its downtown restaurants, Calderone Club and San Giorgio Pizzeria Napoletana, on Thursday for dine-in and take-out sales.

Fazzari is encouraging those who can’t order from his restaurant on Thursday to donate to the Milwaukee Fallen Heroes Fund.

“The only reason restaurants like Calderone Club and San Giorgio Pizzeria Napoletana can stay in business is for heroes like Andrew Wilkiewicz to provide a safe experience for downtown visitors,” Fazzari said.

“We are extremely grateful that he survived, but we know he has a long way to go with unexpected costs ahead of him as he recovers. The least we can do is take a day to give back and help defray some of the costs he will face as a result of this incident.

Both restaurants will be open Thursday for in-person dining and takeout from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Contact Drake Bentley at (414) 391-5647 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @DrakeBentleyMJS.

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