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“Monte Burger” named in honor of wounded veteran

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 | Posted by | no responses

Monte Bernardo, 30, on tour in Afghanistan.

Consider biting into a 100 percent grass-fed beef burger topped with grilled pineapples, jalapeno wedges, Big Daddy BBQ sauce, and cheddar and jack cheese. It’s Friar Tuck’s new menu item, the Monte Burger, named after Monte Bernardo.

The 30-year-old Petaluma soldier, who lost both of his legs and his left hand in a bomb blast in Afghanistan on July 4, is currently recovering on the “wounded warrior” floor at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

“It’s his favorite burger,” says owner Rudy Nixon. He and others at the family-owned pub wanted to do something to help Bernardo, whose brother is engaged to the bookkeeper’s daughter. “We’re a small business, and we’re all close,” says Nixon.

The burger will be featured on the menu at Friar Tucks Pub & Spirits 1st Annual Sgt. Monte Bernardo Fundraiser from 10 a.m. until 2 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15.

In addition to donating 20 percent of all food sales for the entire day to a fund for Bernardo’s recovery expenses, the pub will serve the burger all year long and donate a percentage of those sales to the Monte Bernardo Fundraiser. The pub will host a fundraiser each year, with proceeds in his name going to the Wounded Warrior fund.

This event is open to all ages, and includes a pool tournament, raffle prizes and silent auction.

Call 707-792-9847 or visit www.montebernardo.org or www.facebook.com/pages/Friar-Tucks-Pub/ for more information.

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