Six of Andres’ area restaurants will serve take-away meals to those who need them.
Chef José Andrés is following many of the restaurants around the country and shutting down due to coronavirus. But instead of closing completely, he will reopen several of his D.C. locations as community kitchens designed to provide affordable meals to workers and other members of the community during this crisis. The celebrity chef has 12 restaurants in the D.C. and Virginia area, six of which will operate as community kitchens beginning on Tuesday, March 17.
The community kitchens will operate from noon to 5 p.m. daily serving to-go meals, and meals will be free to those who cannot afford to pay. The meals will be prepared by volunteers, similar to the mobile kitchens operated by World Central Kitchen that Andrés has set up in areas impacted by natural disasters and humanitarian crises. Chef Andrés has also promised to pay the employees impacted by the closure of his restaurants for at least two weeks.
"We feel these community kitchens can help during this challenging time, and those who cannot afford to pay we will welcome as well," Andrés said.
People of America...Important News: All my restaurants in DC area are closed until further notice. Here at @ThinkFoodGroup safety of employees & guests is too priority. Some restaurants will transform into Community Kitchens to offer to-go lunches for those who need a meal. (1/4) pic.twitter.com/3HTyT607ZI— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) March 15, 2020
Here are the restaurants that are going to be converted into community kitchens:
- America Eats Tavern, Georgetown
- Jaleo locations in Bethesda, Crystal City and Penn Quarter
- Oyamel, Penn Quarter
- Zaytinya, Penn Quarter
Please visit the side doors, as the main entrances to the restaurants will be closed.
Beefsteak locations in Dupont, Foggy Bottom, and the Montgomery Mall will still offer takeout, and the Pepe Food Truck will be operating around the city. Think Food Group will also be closing its restaurant locations in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami, Orlando, and the Bahamas. Any plans to open community kitchens in these cities have not been announced.