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Ferndale Restaurant Owner Offers Free Meals To Federal Employees

January 10, 2019 - 5:41 pm

FERNDALE (WWJ) - A Ferndale restaurant owner wants to help those who work for the federal government who aren't getting paid.  

Seifu Lessanewor is offering free meals to those in need at his Etheopian restaurant Blue Nile.

He'll be discreet about it.  

"It is very confidential; nobody knows," Lessanewor  told WWJ Newsradio 950's Sandra McNeill. "They call me direct at the number I give them, they make a reservation, then come in, they have a dinner and it's complimentary. It's as simple as that." **The number to call is 248-259-1570**

Lessanework said he made it through the recession, is doing well and he wants to give back.

"I survived that, I'm able, I'm flourishing right now -- and I believe that it is fair, and I believe that it is right to give back to these people who have this temporary problem."

He noted that a large portion of his regular clientele work for the federal government, which is partially shut down at the moment. Many of these people are not expected to receive their pack check this Friday, as President Donald Trump spars with lawmakers over billions of dollars in funding for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Also in the metro Detroit area, Union Joints restaurants are offering free mac and cheese meals on Mondays to federal employees and a guest. The employee must show a government ID to receive the deal. Union Joints locations include: The Clarkston Union , Union General , Union Woodshop , Vinsetta Garage , Fenton Fire Hall , Pumphouse and Honcho. The deal will go on as long as the government shutdown lasts.

Meanwhile -- for western Michiganders or those who don't mind a bit of a drive -- NBA G League Affiliate the Grand Rapids Drive is offering a deal: Show your government employee ID, get a pair of free  tickets to Thursday night's game. 

MORE: 'Open The Government Now!' Demanding End To Shutdown, Federal Workers Rally In Detroit