Hot Times At Viva’s

Hot peppers and spicy margaritas are on the menu this Sunday (October 21, 1 to 5 p.m.) at Viva Zapata’s.

That’s not unusual. But the popular Mexican restaurant has added another attraction: 30% of total sales will be donated to the ALS Therapy Development Institute.

It’s Viva’s 2nd annual ALS Pepper Challenge Day. In addition to the drinks (and very hot peppers), participants can buy ALS Pepper Challenge t-shirts, hats and other gear.

Patty Haberstroh

You’ll get a chance to greet the Haberstroh family too. They started Pepper Challenge last Christmas on behalf of Patty, the well-known Westporter who is battling ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

In less than a year the movement has spread around the globe. Kelly Clarkson, Charles Barkley, Garth Brooks and Jimmy Kimmel are among the thousands of people taking the challenge. They’ve raised over $625,000 toward finding a cure.

Now you can help the ALS Pepper Challenge too. It’s no wonder Viva’s is known as one of Westport’s “hottest” restaurants.

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2 responses to “Hot Times At Viva’s

  1. Charlie Haberstroh

    Thank you for posting this, Dan. Despite all our, our friends, family and neighbors’ efforts to fund a cure, none is on the near horizon. All of our efforts last year need to be continued this year and built upon, as research cannot be a one time or one year thing. We are aware of at least 7 families who live in or have close connections to Westport and who have a family member afflicted with this horrendous disease. It is kind of a silent disease as all ALS patients lose the ability to speak and normally families draw inward. It is difficult to be a spokesperson when you cannot speak, cannot stand. Thank you to all of you who have been so generous this year. If you can please continue to be as generous as you can. All these funds go to finding a cure. Westport is an amazing town and the Haberstrohs thank you all.

  2. Please show and try to help the family