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Coronavirus NYC: Olmsted restaurant in Brooklyn turns into soup kitchen to feed laid off workers

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BROOKLYN, New York City (WABC) — The COVID-19 pandemic changed the lives of many in New York City overnight, closing down restaurants and laying off thousands of workers.

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

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TD Garden ushers receive more bad news: They’ve been laid off

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In a letter regarding the “Operational Impact of Coronavirus,” the part-time workforce was told it “will not be scheduled until the conditions at our unit allows us to resume normal operations. As this situation is rapidly evolving, we will continue to update you with the anticipated date that we will resume business.”

For one part-time usher, the letter was the first written communication from Delaware North, owner of TD Garden, since the sports world began to shut down on March 11.

The letter stated that the workers “may be eligible” for unemployment compensation benefits.

“It leaves me nowhere — I can’t go to the unemployment office, I have a pension, I have other income, but there are other people that this is what they do — they work every Bruins game, every Celtics game, every concert, every everything that shows up,” said the part-time usher, who requested anonymity out of

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