Atlantic City restaurant offering free meals for Coast Guard members during shutdown

Antionette Lee
January 08, 2019 - 8:05 pm
The government shutdown means low funds for the thousands of people who haven't been getting paid the last two weeks. An Atlantic City business is helping ease the financial burden by providing free meals for Coast Guard members.

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — The government shutdown means low funds for the thousands of people who haven't been getting paid the last two weeks. An Atlantic City business is helping ease the financial burden by providing free meals for Coast Guard members.

Kevin Cronin is the Executive Chef of the Iron Room Restaurant, and says that Coast Guard members are "working, essentially right now, without being paid to protect our coastline. So we think that is a really invaluable service that they're providing for us and not being paid so we would like to give back to them," he said. 

He says from Tuesday through Thursday, active Coast Guard members and their spouses can come in, show their ID and enjoy their midweek special for free.  

"Its a really nice meat loaf made with Kobe beef and a potato and English pea hash, carrots," he said.  

The meal is valued at less than $20 so it doesn't infringe on any ethical rules.

When Cronin was asked how this might affect the cash flow of the business, he said "we don't really know. We just know that we can make this happen for a while. It's not a problem. We're seriously considering doing it for the entirety of the shutdown."