FAIRFIELD — Ahmed Azizi says his new restaurant on North Texas Street – in the location of the former Jack and Linda’s Country Cafe – won’t open for about a month. But the owner of the Benicia Grill still wants to feed people.
So Azizi and some volunteers will hand out about 200 free Thanksgiving meals at 3 p.m. Thursday from the front of the restaurant at 2390 N. Texas St.
“In the past, in Benicia, we did this,” Azizi said. “We always have food and I saw people struggle. I saw a lot of homeless people there. Instead of giving them money, we gave them a meal. I have a passion to help people who are struggling.”
To receive a free meal, local residents need only to come by the restaurant at 3 p.m. The boxed meal will include turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, a dinner roll and cranberry sauce, Azizi said. One meal will feed one person and meals will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Azizi said he plans to open his restaurant in the building that housed Jack and Linda’s and then the JWC Sports Pub and Grill until it closed in July. He said the Benicia Grill II – he opened the Benicia Grill five years ago – will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. for all meals.
For more information on the food distribution or the restaurant, call Azizi at 628-7799 or call Benicia Grill at 751-0155.
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