Dubuque Knights of Columbus hosts weekly lunch as fundraiser

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Once a week, people in Dubuque have the option to buy lunch at a so-called pop up restaurant.

Veterans Bill, Dick, Ron, and Del have been coming to the Joliet Event Center on Locust Street every week for years, sharing laughter over a basket of food.

For these guys, they say it is the best deal in town on Tuesdays and an atmosphere that reminds them of a mom and pop's restaurant.

"If we get a bunch of people we can sit and talk, so there's a large table and it's not like you're in a booth," Dick said.

"Nice comfortable atmosphere, and the good food," Bill said, known as "Sir William." "And those people back there, they're so friendly."

"Those people" do not run a restaurant, it is a small group of five, led by Thomas McCaffery from the Knights of Columbus Dubuque Council 510.

"We had a really good kitchen, and it was being unused and I just tried to figure out how to make the best of it," McCaffery said.

And they are making the best of the space; all of the money earned from their food sales goes to let groups use the space for different causes at no charge.

"This is mainly for the building and we use the building for charitable uses," McCaffery said. "Donna Ginter's Thanksgiving Dinner is one of our main uses where they feed about 2,200 people. We allow them to use the building at no charge for that."

Everyone that TV9 spoke to said the price cannot be beaten and neither can the taste.

But the thing is what makes it so good? Apparently, that's just a secret that will keep people guessing.

"Well it must be the love they put into the taking care of, you know the preparing I guess," Bill said. "I don't know."

"It's just a good burger to start with," McCaffery said. "So, you can't make mistakes with that."

With how busy they get and how many names are called, it's hard to believe there are any mistakes at all.

The Knights of Columbus Tuesday Lunches serves up meals every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.