At the award-winning Olmsted Restaurant in Prospect Park, owners Max Katzenberg and Greg Baxtrom are continuing to cook meals as a soup kitchen.
Katzenberg and Baxtrom pivoted from running a restaurant to cooking and providing for their brothers and sisters who were laid off due to the novel coronavirus.
“It’s something our workforce needs after 250,000 were laid off overnight with a minimum unemployment benefit, our people need food,” Katzenberg said.
Many restaurant workers survive on tips; others barely make above minimum wage.
The owners themselves had to let go of at least 60 of their people.
On the first night of the soup kitchen, nearly 200 people showed up.
“The irony is if it’s successful just how terrible that is, having