It’s only been open for a few months, but Deep Ellum’s Drugstore Cowboy has already seen its share of tragedy. Last week, co-owner Toby Wright was critically injured in a car accident and has since been fighting for his life at Baylor University Medical Center.
Wright, who opened Drugstore Cowboy with his partner Emma Saperstein in February, was struck by a car on Tuesday, March 1 and sustained a brain injury. Like many people employed in the restaurant industry, Wright is uninsured, and medical expenses are already mounting. According to a GoFundMe page set up to support Wright during his recovery, there is still not a “clear picture” of the extent of his injuries.
In Deep Ellum, locals decided to encourage Wright’s healing through the power of good vibes. Armed with sidewalk chalk, Drugstore Cowboy regulars brightened up the concrete in front of the bar with art and inspiring messages like “Wake up Toby!” and “we are eternally in this together.”
Wright is now breathing on his own and his brain appears to be healing slowly, but hospital officials have told Wright’s family to expect medical expenses in excess of $100,000. The GoFundMe account has already received nearly $20,000 in donations, a number of which have come straight from Dallas’ tightly-knit restaurant community.