Immigrant owned restaurant in DC offers free meals for homeless residents, thriving for years
Pakistani-born Kazi Mannan is living out his dream and helping others do the same. He arrived in Washington, DC decades ago poor and without a plan. But now he provides over 6,000 meals each year to those in need. His restaurant, Sakina Halal Grill, provides meals to anyone who needs them, no questions asked. If you are hungry, you receive a meal and its as simple as that for Mannan.
Unlike some other “pay what you can” restaurants, Mannan doesn’t require his patrons to work off their meal in the kitchen or by doing choirs. All patrons of the restaurant are welcome to eat in the dining hall with everyone else and are receiving the same great service regardless of their ability to pay.
He recently told reporters, “A lot of people are afraid that homeless people are dirty and will ruin their business. I say to those people, look at my life and my business… does this look dirty to you?”
He has proven that statement with his years of success. He purchased the restaurant in 2013 and has been giving out food to those who need it ever since. It just goes to show, that the more you give the more you get in return.
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