5 Restaurants Join Newark Working Kitchens Initiative to Serve Meals to City's Most Vulnerable Residents

“For more than 18 months, Newark Working Kitchens has provided a vital lifeline to Newark’s restaurants and residents at a time of great uncertainty,” said Abhinav Mathur, senior vice president of Global Center for Urban Development, a branch of Audible. “Another pandemic winter is approaching and thanks to the meaningful support of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, we’re going to be able to serve thousands of meals this holiday season and beyond. It’s crucial funding like this that allows NWK to continue its impactful work, and I urge donors of all sizes to consider supporting this program as the year comes to a close.”

The addition of five new businesses follows suit with the center’s goal to expand Audible’s community and economic investment. In June, Newark Working Kitchens reached a milestone achievement of 1 million meals delivered to senior, low-income and disabled housing residents and people without homes. The initiative has also helped sustain dozens of Newark’s local and family-run establishments. 

More than half of the participating Newark Working Kitchens businesses are minority- and women-owned establishments that have reached 10,000-plus residents across 70 locations. 

With the addition of five more local businesses, the owners are ready to get to work to help carry out this effort. 

“My restaurant and employees mean the world to me, but after the economic toll of the past two years, I was faced with the harsh reality of layoffs or even worse, shutting down completely,” said Angel Leston, owner of Casa D’Paco. “By joining Newark Working Kitchens, I didn’t have to do either of those things. In fact, I can now confidently enter the holiday season knowing my business is afloat and my staff are securely employed. I am proud to be a part of this program and to have the opportunity to give back to a community that has long supported me and my restaurant.”

The program has also gotten praise from city officials, who understand the impact outreach initiatives like this can have on the community. 

“With colder weather approaching, I’m so grateful to see programs like Newark Working Kitchens doubling down on their commitment to Newark,” said Central Ward Councilwoman LaMonica McIver. “Not only has NWK helped so many of the city’s restaurants keep their lights on and staff paid, it’s ensured many residents in the City of Newark have access to healthy and reliable meals during this unprecedented global health crisis. NWK has truly made its mark on our community and its impact will be felt for many years to come.”

Here is a list of other participating Newark Working Kitchens restaurants: 

  • Andros Restaurant & Diner
  • Black Swan
  • Blueprint Café
  • Bulgogi Zip
  • The Green Chicpea
  • City Rub Steak & Smokehouse
  • Cornbread Newark
  • Fresh Coast
  • Harvest Table
  • Kilkenny Alehouse
  • King’s #1
  • La Cocina
  • Marcus B&P
  • McGovern’s Tavern
  • Mercato Tomato Pie/Novelty Burger
  • O’LaLa Empanadas
  • Panzz Seafood & Wings
  • Pita Square
  • Robert’s Pizza
  • Sigri Indian BBQ
  • Vonda’s Kitchen
  • Uncle Willie’s Wings
  • The Walla

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