Levittown Bar & Grill to Hold Thanksgiving Feast for Utility Workers

Crews who won’t be home for Thanksgiving can head to this Levittown establishment Thursday for a hot-cooked meal.

Owner Jimmy Auld and Chef Karen Wilt of Harp & Hammer.
Owner Jimmy Auld and Chef Karen Wilt of Harp & Hammer.
Some 2,000 out-of-state utility workers won’t make it home for Thanksgiving this Thursday. Harp & Hammer of Levittown is planning to give them the next best thing – a big Thanksgiving meal and a taste of home.

Harp & Hammer Chef Karen Wilt said the workers are sleeping in tents outside Nassau Coliseum, after previously being stationed at Eisenhower Park. The workers were called up from all areas of the country to help restore power following the aftermath of Sandy, but Wilt said she’s been told they will be here for at least another two weeks.

Wilt, along with owners Jimmy Auld and Josh Malone, wish to give these hard-working crews the Thanksgiving they deserve.
“The outpouring of support for families who lost everything has been wonderful, but you’ve also got 2,000-plus people here from out of state who can’t go home and be with their families, and something should be done for them too,” said Wilt, a Levittown resident.  

For their Thanksgiving buffet, Wilt has received numerous food donations from local businesses such as John’s Farms of Plainview, La Rosa Brother’s of Levittown, King Kullen and Stop & Shop. Gift card donations have also come in from a number of generous residents.

“The donations have been phenomenal,” Wilt said. “It’s been very humbling.”

 The bar & grill currently has enough Stop & Shop gift cards and food, but Wilt said what they really need is Visa gift card donations so they can go to the little stores to buy supplies.

“The little stuff is what’s going to add up,” said Wilt, who is expecting at least 300-500 people to show up. 

The open buffet will take place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. with doors opening at 12 p.m.  Local residents still without power as well as anyone struggling this Holiday are, of course, also invited.

The name "Harp & Hammer" might sound new to you. If you haven’t heard of the place, it’s because they have only been open for a week. The bar & grill, located at 162 Gardiners Ave., was supposed to open earlier this month, but Sandy had other plans for them.

“We had our grand opening and grand closing ceremony at the same time,” said Auld, the owner who once owned a bar called “Scotland Yard” in Levittown.

No matter how many people show up Thursday, Wilt said she will make sure they eat.   

“We are planning the traditional Thanksgiving feast – everything you can think of,” Wilt said. “It’s going to be a win-win situation for everybody.”

If you are interested in donating, please contact Karen Wilt at ChefKarenW@gmail.com or call/text 516-813-6017.

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Tom LaSusa November 19, 2012 at 05:20 PM
This is amazingly cool of Jimmy and Chef Karen! Been meaning to check out the new place ... and knowing there's good folks behind the bar and in the kitchen is even more incentive to do so!
Steven Nicastro (Editor) November 19, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Check back with us later this week for photos from the event!
Mickey November 20, 2012 at 10:23 AM
Makes me even more proud to be a Levittowner... having establishments like this in our town!! Will be by with a Visa gift card later... and God Bless these new owners..... may this event come back to make you a mega successful restaurant!! Happy Thanksgiving!!
KaT Whilt November 20, 2012 at 03:35 PM
We just got a call from Dr. Kimberly O'Connor from Healthcare Corner Chiropractic. She is donating her time on THANKSGIVING from 12-2 giving the Linemen adjustments at The Harp & Hammer. After talking with her a little more she has been going to Eisenhower Park and Nassau Coliseum since the tents went up adjusting these guys at no charge.
Chef Karen November 21, 2012 at 07:01 AM
A Very Special Thank You to a young lady named Katie and her Mom. After Katie read this article in Patch she took some money from her piggy bank and insisted that her Mom bring her to The Harp & Hammer. Miss. Katie is so happy that someone is helping the utility workers who do not live here and was very happy to provide support to the Linemen. THANK YOU Katie!
Chef Karen November 21, 2012 at 07:56 AM
I will be at Harp & Hammer most of the day into the evening. We are still in need of desserts. As always I can be reached at (516) 813-6017 for voice/text, email: ChefKarenW@gmail.com or Facebook: ChefKaren Whilt. Please take a moment to check out their Facebook Page: HarpHammer
Chef Karen November 23, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Chef Karen and Harp & Hammer are very grateful for your generous donations Murphy Family of Levittown, Chris and Andy of Levittown, A & S Liquor Store, Best yet Market of Hicksville, King Kullen, Johns Farms Produce Department, Stop & Shop, Dortoni Bakery, LaRosa Bros., Johns Farms Meat Department, Deanna & Mike Chirillo, Marie & Steve Motschmann, Segesta Pizza, La Rosa Bros. Foods, Levittown Patch, Minute Man Press, Marianne Meyer, Marie Wheeler, Jen Rudolph, Mari Ward, Sweet Karma Desserts, Dr. Kim O’Connor of Healthcare Corner Chiropractic, Bageltown of Levittown, Our Young Friend Katie, Dylan Gettings, Colin Gettings, Logan Gettings, The Keshaw Family, Tom LaSusa, Joanne Ottoson, Frank Lorelli, Ann Torcivia, Tiera Gonzalez, Lauren Kalikow, Bob Claus, Eric Alfredo, Verizon Fios Channel 1 News, Channel 12 News, Newsday, Fox 5 News,


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