New West restaurants offer of free food

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Alejandro Diaz may not be serving up delicious food at his two local restaurants these days, but he’s ensured some residents have some food of their own.

Because of the COVID-19 issue, the New West resident and restaurateur has temporarily closed El Santo on Columbia Street and Amaranthus in River Market. But rather than letting non-perishables go to waste, Diaz put word out through social media that he was offering up food for the taking.

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“I wanted to make sure the produce went to good homes. We had a lot. There was a lot,” he said of perishable food items including soups, risotto, macaroni, quinoa, tomatoes and peppers. “Everything went in a couple of hours.”

People were invited to grab what they needed, and make a donation to the food bank if they wished.

“We met lots of people,” Diaz said. “Some of the people that came for food were regulars. Some never came to the restaurant – you could see they were there because they need the food. It was really good to be able to help, not just our customers but people that never been to the restaurant.”

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