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Block party, fundraiser to be held for owner of Rosie's Café in Escondido

Posted at 8:51 AM, Feb 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-17 11:51:22-05

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) – A fundraiser is being held Monday in support of an Escondido restaurant owner who was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash late last year.

On Dec. 21, 2019, 33-year-old Kaitlyn Rose “Rosie” Pilsbury was riding her motorcycle when she was struck head-on by an SUV. The driver ditched the SUV and fled the scene.

Pilsbury, who owns Rosie’s Café on Grand Avenue and is known for dressing up as Rosie the Riveter, was hospitalized for an extended period.

While Pilsbury continues to recover, her absence has been a big blow to her business.

Rosie’s Café was featured on an episode of the Food Network series “Restaurant: Impossible,” and when producers heard about the crash, they decided to step in to help.

The producers are organizing a block party and fundraiser for Pilsbury, complete with food, games, and rides. It is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. and is located on Grand Avenue and Maple Street -- down the street from Rosie’s Café.

Chef Robert Irvine, the host of “Restaurant: Impossible,” is expected to be at the event.