“I’m putting my dream on the backburner for the moment to care for my parents.”

Those are the words of Ruthie Cummings, owner of the Danforth restaurant, Das Gasthaus. In order to care for a mother who is ill and a father who is exhausted, only two years after opening her dream restaurant, Ruthie is putting the contemporary German gastro-pub up for sale.

For $150. In a raffle.

4,000 tickets are being sold and the winner, being drawn on December 1st, gets the whole kit and caboodle. 20 bar stools, a 12-draft bar, 7 chandeliers, etc.

“Everything is included. You walk in here, you see something, it’s included. The only thing I’m taking with me is my family paintings…with this raffle, I wanted someone else to be able to attain that without the struggle that I went through.”

You’ve been dreaming about it. You’ve been talking about it with friends for years. And here’s your chance. Go open a restaurant for the same price as a nice dinner for two.

Raffle tickets are available for purchase on the Win A Restaurant website until November 30th. Or whenever they sell out. Which I imagine will be much, much sooner.

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Benjamin Mann is a Toronto-based contributor who enjoys awkward thigh rubs, giving Outback Steakhouse gift cards as a wedding present, and sending unsolicited audition tapes to the producers of The View. He is the author of the blogs, This Is Your Brain on Dating and Love Gone Cray and is the Editor-in-Chief of SnapMunk.com. He is “the ex” dating columnist for The Toronto Standard, has been featured on Huffington Post Live and can be found in numerous publications including Thought Catalog, Offline Magazine, Eligible Magazine and Gasm.org.

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