A new local restaurant stays open to serve homeless on Thanksgiving
A local restaurant owner decided to stay open for Thanksgiving, making plates for his customers and providing free meals to the homeless.
A Taste of Louisiana restaurant made and delivered to-go plates to the homeless on Thursday. A local restaurant owner decided to stay open for Thanksgiving, making plates for his customers and providing free meals to the homeless.
“It’s a hurtful sight to see, you know, people who don’t have it,” says Pokey Black, owner. “I know what it feels like to grow up like that and if I can prevent that for someone else, then I’m all about it.”
Black says he started his business in the middle of the pandemic and even though many businesses were closed. He chose to make free meals for those in need.
A friend of his who also owns a food truck decided to help.
“He’s a good guy,” said Deana Briggs, owner of Cajun Sneux and Snax. ” “You know us from Louisiana, we’re all about the hospitality. I can’t do it financially, but I just wanted to kind of help and he’s got a lot of food to get out today. So, it’s a lot for one person.”
Black’s small team of three made numerous plates, starting around 10 a.m. Thursday morning, taking customer orders and free plate requests from the homeless. He picked up a first time customer who saw a Facebook post that Black was helping the homeless.
“We’re having family over, and we wanted to go out to eat,” says Keegan Parr, who picked up plates at the restaurant. “We were looking and we saw online that he was helping the homeless. We think that’s awesome, giving to the homeless, any kind of volunteering is great. We need more of this in our communities.”
People could pick up orders and Black delivered some. He talks about a moment with a homeless man after eating his food.
“I actually sat down and talk to him for a minute,” said Black. “He was happy. He was grateful, you know, he told me how a decent good meal is better than no meal and God blessed me with it. So I figured you know why not keep the blessing rolling.”
Black says he just hopes his food, provides a bit of comfort during these hard times.