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Ruby’s Recipes to offer Sunday meal deal to raise funds for sick owner
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Chef Allen Cerinetti and his family celebrated opening Ruby’s Recipes in June 2020. From left to right, Allen’s daughter, Farah Cerinetti Grubbs; his wife, Julia Cerinetti; Allen Cerinetti; family friend and employee Selah Seibel; and Allen’s son, Frankie Cerinetti. - photo by Erica Jones

From pizza and pasta to sandwiches and more, the medley of dishes at Ruby’s Recipe’s have become a staple for customers craving the comfort of fresh, take-home foods. 

Now, pasta could make an even bigger difference for the local Italian restaurant. 

Chef and business co-owner Allen Cerinetti has been out of commission for several weeks since contracting pneumonia and then COVID-19. Though he’s currently at home recovering, friends are hosting a spaghetti fundraiser to support him and his family. 

This Sunday (Oct. 17), people can come to the restaurant between 4-8 p.m. and buy a $12 spaghetti plate with meat sauce, a salad and bread. Tea and water will also be available. 

Ruby’s Recipes is located at 462 Memory Lane, Ste. 170 in Dawsonville. If you would like to support the family but cannot attend, donations can be made through Allen Cerinetti’s Venmo, @Chef-Al. 

Fifteen months ago, Allen and Julia Cerinetti opened the restaurant, named in honor of Allen’s mother. Ever since then, they’ve dealt with the challenges of running a restaurant during a pandemic and done well with local support, said their friend and marketing volunteer Jan Kelley. 

Faith has guided the small, family-run business during this time. 

“Allen’s done a lot for the community,” Kelley said. “If you’re hungry and you show up, he’s going to feed you.” 

She added that the whole time he’s been sick, the restaurant has been closed, so the family has no other income.

“With the mounting hospital bills and personal financial needs, they are in need of our help,” read an online post for the fundraiser. 

Another post reiterated the family’s thankfulness for the outpouring of love and support they’ve received so far. 

“He loves Dawsonville and the people of Dawsonville and being a part of this community,” Kelley said.