This Baltimore Restaurant Owner Opted Out of Restaurant Week to Feed the Homeless

Michael Tabrizi, who owns a Mediterranean restaurant in Baltimore, will feed the homeless for a week
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He figured that helping those in need was more important than promoting his own restaurant.

One restaurant in Baltimore is turning restaurant week into a week of kindness. Michael Tabrizi, who owns Tabrizi, a Mediterranean restaurant in Baltimore, has decided to opt out of the city’s annual restaurant week in favor of hosting a week of free meals for the homeless population from July 20 through the 25. In light of the recent racially tinged, tumultuous circumstances in Baltimore, Tabrizi thought it was the right thing to do.

"What happened in Baltimore — the city's really burning," Tabrizi told CNN Money. "It's really falling apart."

Instead of making a profit on restaurant week, Tabrizi will spend $20,000 of his own money to host the event. Between that and closing the restaurant to feed the city’s less-fortunate populace, he admits that this will take a large chunk out of his revenues. But for Tabrizi, it’s worth it. He will serve chicken cordon bleu with sage sauce, salad, sides, sparkling apple cider, and ice cream for dessert.

“It’s my turn to give back,” he told NBC “This is the least one can do, and I hope many people choose to follow and do something good to a complete stranger.”

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