Thanks to its generous customers, McFoster's Natural Kind Cafe will remain open.
Owner Tom Foster said his customers donated more than the $15,000 he needed to pay off property taxes he owed on the restaurant, located near 38th and Farnam Streets.
"They saved the day," Foster said. "I really was surprised by how many people helped."
He said two customers each donated $5,000 to the restaurant, and 20 people attended a $150 a plate dinner to benefit the restaurant. Customers also dropped money in a tip jar on the restaurant's bar.
Foster said he paid the property taxes on Tuesday, one day before the deadline.
He said the restaurant has also seen a huge influx of new customers.
"Even though we've been here for 18 years, we don't have a big advertising budget, and a lot of people have never heard of us," Foster said. "We hope a lot of those new customers will become regulars."
Foster said he'd heard from two people interested in buying the restaurant before he'd raised the money, but he's glad to continue running it himself.
"We didn't want to leave this place. We love what we do," he said, "And without the customers and their love for the place, we would not have survived it."
McFosters is having another benefit on Saturday at the restaurant. Live music begins at 8 p.m. and the cover is $5.