Photographs by Timothy Reidy
Daisy Baker’s in Troy has long been hosting a weekly Lindy Hop Swing Dance on Wednesday evenings, but with Thanksgiving on the calendar last month, the dance shifted to a Tuesday night, and the Sunny Side of the Street Band pumped up their old-school New Orleans jazz sounds for the dancers.
NOTE: Sadly, Daisy Baker’s kitchen was destroyed last week due to a flood from a burst pipe above. While insurance will cover the contents of the kitchen, it does not cover lost income of the 10 staff members, who rely on gratuities to earn their living.
“The damage to our kitchen is unbelievable, and it’s devastating to think our staff could be out of work for months,” said Jared Horton, Daisy Baker’s managing partner. “We’re like a family here, and like a family we will pull through this.”
So Baccus Wood Fired Pizza – which is located just downstairs from Daisy Baker’s at 33 Second Street in Troy – is hosting a fundraiser tonight (Monday, December 23) to benefit the Daisy Baker’s workers. Beginning at 5pm tonight, the kitchen and wait staff of Daisy Baker’s will “take over” Bacchus, offering the signature fine dining normally served in their landmark restaurant located upstairs. Proceeds from the evening’s sales will benefit the Daisy’s staff, who would otherwise be out of work during the busiest time of year.
“We’re doing this so they can have their Christmas,” said Jim Scully, owner of Bacchus. “This is just how it’s done in Troy. We look out for each other.”
And for those who would like to contribute but who can’t attend tonight’s fundraiser, donations in any amount can be made online by credit card or PayPal account. All donations will be divided among the staff, with Daisy Baker’s matching 100 percent
of the money raised.