Local community members came in droves to support the fundraiser to give back to Stacks after it suffered a $5,000 loss of money and equipment during a robbery the night before Thanksgiving. Haley Donwerth/staff photo.

Local community members came in droves to support the fundraiser to give back to Stacks after it suffered a $5,000 loss of money and equipment during a robbery the night before Thanksgiving. Haley Donwerth/staff photo.

Giving back to Stacks

Community rallies after local burger restaurant is robbed.

Stacks has been a staple of Federal Way for four years, with good reason. Whatever they do to their burgers, it’s impossible for many to not get addicted.

Stacks also has food trucks for catering events, and they’ve won several awards for their delicious burgers.

So it was hard to hear for many that between 3-4 a.m. on Nov. 21 they were robbed.

Apparently several suspects broke into the restaurant and stole a large amount of money and equipment like the cash register.

While this was a big blow to the store, new general manager Sabrina Welton said it thankfully didn’t keep them from opening that day. Welton said she came to Federal Way to manage Stacks about three months ago, and she has been amazed at the amount of community support the restaurant has gotten.

“I’ve never been in a community where people cared so much,” she said.

When locals Shelley Pauls and Cheryl Hurst heard about the robbery, they were quick to create a fundraising event to help Stacks out in their time of need. Through the Facebook page “We Love Our City,” a payback fundraiser was set up informing people of the event. Supporters flocked to Stacks during the recent all-day event, including members of the Federal Way Police Department, South King Fire & Rescue and city officials.

Scott Valen, the public relations director for the restaurant group LCMRE, said he is thankful for the large community support shown for the business after the robbery.

“It was very heartwarming to see,” he said.

The local eatery offers delicious locally sourced products, including making all of their sauces in their kitchen, using hand-pressed burger patties, and purchasing all their buns from a local bakery, Valen said.

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