Downtown Dallas Restaurant Now Serving Free Meals To Hospitality Workers

Alan Scaia
July 10, 2020 - 1:57 pm
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    A restaurant in Downtown Dallas is now serving free meals to hospitality workers who have lost their job because of COVID-19.

    Chop House Burger will serve 200 meals a day as part of the "7740 Dallas" campaign.

    "All our neighbors who've lost their job, they're our good-paying customers," says Nafees Alam, the chief executive of DRG Concepts, which runs Chop House Burger. "In their good days, they were here spending a ton of money."

    7740 Dallas was launched at the beginning of closures because of the outbreak. The non-profit was buying meals from local restaurants and delivering them to hospitals.

    The group expanded the mission using a donation from the investment firm, Hoque Global. According to the Texas Restaurant Association, 700,000 restaurant workers have lost their job in the state since the outbreak began, including 250,000 in North Texas.

    "That's a lot of folks, and not all of them are able to get unemployment," says Jacob Tindall, a co-founder of 7740 Dallas.

    Chop House Burger can serve 200 free meals a day to restaurant workers, bartenders, theme park employees and hotel employees.

    "We're in the business of serving and comforting people through food," Alam says. "We wanted to do something where we could help out in the community."

    Alam says he had about 400 employees when his restaurants were open. Now, he has 30. He says he will serve meals seven days a week at the Chop House Burger location at 1501 Main St. in Dallas, starting at noon until he runs out.

    7740 Dallas hopes to expand its mission to other parts of the Metroplex.

    "Some of these people, a lot of these people, don't have a way to get downtown right now," Tindall says. "That makes it difficult for us to reach them, and there are so many more in the Mid-Cities and in Fort Worth we want to help."

    Tindall says 100 percent of donations go to the cause. The group is taking donations at 7740dallas.com