WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - It has been nearly two months since Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico.
The devastating storm knocked out power and cut the water supply.
The island is slowly recovering, but the more than three million people who live in the U.S. territory still have a long way to go.
One DC restaurant is using a popular Hispanic dish to help.
“We just heard about the National Pupusa Day,” Vladimir Galeas said.
El Tamarindo in Adams Morgan had an event for National Pupusa Day which is celebrated yearly in El Salvador every second Sunday in November.
Pupusas are described as a go-to comfort food that is made with a thick tortilla and different fillings.
“The most popular one is going to be the pork and cheese,” Anna Reyes, manager at El Tamarindo Restaurant, said.
Reyes calls pupusas a 'humble food' that connects people.
“Maybe the construction workers doing some work down the street that come in for pupusas or members of Congress that come in for pupusas,” she said. “It is really just everybody.”
However, in the midst of celebration, people at the business were still thinking about the hurricane devastation more than 1,500 miles away in Puerto Rico.
“Really just sadness,” Reyes told WUSA9. “Sadness and then it’s like ok. What can we do?”
The team made t-shirts and plan on donating $5.00 from the t-shirt sales to Friends of Puerto Rico.
The nearly 36-year-old business hopes to help out while still celebrating tradition and eating pupusas.
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