The Rockaways are still putting together the pieces after the area was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. And now it looks like help is coming from an unusual source. Anthony Weiner (yes, that Anthony Weiner) is set to open a new restaurant called the Rockaway Restoration Kitchen, according to the Rockaway Times, aimed at attracting visitors and providing healthy, locally-sourced food for residents, after so many businesses were forced to close in 2012.
The project — which is not even close to completion, considering the fact that Weiner is still looking for a home for it — is described as “a social entrepreneurship that operates a healthy, sustainable restaurant in a hard luck community to provide training, on-the-job apprenticeship and placement in the culinary and food service sector for unemployed New Yorkers.”
Weiner’s restaurant idea would kill several birds with one large stones: it will not only provide a new income for the still-recovering community, but will also provide jobs to the community, offer on-the-job training and skill development, and also add a new and sustainable food option for the community — not to mention the steps it may take to restore Weiner’s reputation.
No official plans have been made, but the former congressman’s intentions for the Restoration Kitchen have been confirmed by locals, according to the Rockaway Times.
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Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter@JoannaFantozzi