Charlotte, Tenn. Heidi Thayer and her mother opened Courtside Cafe at a former gas station in Charlotte, Tennessee, more than two decades ago.
But on Friday, it was his customers who did the cooking.
The Tennessee newspaper reported that friends and supporters were selling burgers, fries, drinks and desserts to raise money to help Thayer after her husband developed an aneurysm.
“Courtside is a huge part of Charlotte and we love it,” said Willie Speight, one of the match organisers. “They have the best burgers, so that’s one of the reasons we made burgers.”
The restaurant, located next to the historic town square, has been closed for about two months and medical bills are piling up. But Thayer says her husband is making progress.
“The love and generosity from our community has been overwhelming,” Thayer said. There are simply no words to fully express our gratitude.