Three Rocky River businesses provided an entrée of caring and concern for others as they gave away meals to hundreds on Thursday.
Matt Barnes of Gourmet Guy Café came up with the idea to help people cope with the coronavirus quarantine orders. Lake Road Market owner A.J. Rego and Rob and Renee Grendow of Danny Boy’s Italian Eatery quickly signed on. Those who came for the free meals picked them up at the Lake Road businesses without getting out of their cars.
Barnes and the Gourmet Guy staff took food provided by Lake Road Market to whip up 225 chicken paprikash and broccoli meals, while Danny Boy’s gave away 180 medium cheese pizzas.
“We didn’t have anything left over,” Barnes said. “We gave it all away. We gave most of it to people who came by in cars and we also sent some out to firefighters and Fairview Hospital as well.”
Barnes said some people offered money, but he and the workers were focused on giving the food away.
“It’s something we wanted to do for people right now,” Barnes said. “We’ve gotten strong community support and wanted to give something back to people right now when they could use some help.”
“It was a great idea by Matt,” Rego said. “It was something we all agreed pretty quickly it would be a good thing to do.”
All the businesses said they would be willing to do a similar event in the future, with Barnes saying people should check social media.
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