‘Special Dogs and More’ extends fundraising drive

A hotdog restaurant in the FairOaks Mall has extended its online crowdfunding campaign to help fund a potential relocation.

Special Dogs & More launched its $50,000 online fundraising campaign to help finance a move to a new location on Washington Street in downtown Columbus. The restaurant had initially set a deadline of Thursday to secure all of the needed funding, but the campaign has been extended to Sept. 2.

The business, which employs individuals with emotional and intellectual disabilities, has been operating at the mall since October. Randy Lapidus, co-owner, says the original plan was to stay in the mall for a few years before moving to a bigger location, but fewer businesses in the mall has resulted in less foot-traffic and the need to move the restaurant as soon as possible.

If you would like to help in this effort, visit “Special Dogs and More” on Facebook.