Missouri City restaurant gives $9,000 to cancer support groups

MISSOURI CITY, Texas (KTRK) -- Years before Brandani's was a popular wine bar and restaurant, before anyone ever believed the place would expand into a burger and taco joint, Claire and Ron Brandani fell in love.

"I knew we'd have a restaurant, I knew we'd have a boat, and I knew he'd never do laundry," Claire jokingly said.

"I put a load in yesterday," Ron quickly responded.

In between playful laundry arguments, the couple serves up fine dining with local tastes and preferences.

"When we moved out here in 2006, there wasn't really a place to eat," Ron explained. "You literally drove into town. The tollway wasn't even connected, so it took forever."

As the area has grown, so has the Brandani's community involvement. Last month, the couple set aside 25% of their profits from Tuesday meals.

They donated $9,000 to local cancer groups Marlee's Smile and A Shelter for Cancer Families.

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"We live in the community, and when you're blessed by so many people coming and supporting us, then we need to give back as well," Claire said.

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