Highland Park restaurant the Greyhound is opening its doors tomorrow for a day of free food for anyone that shows up. Co-owners Matt Glassman, Ryan Julio, and James Bygrave will be offering some of the restaurant’s best-selling dishes including wings (boneless and vegetarian included), burgers (vegan included), and grilled chicken sandwiches free of charge.
Everyone that shows up in person between noon and 5 p.m. will get to choose one, though they’ll have to eat it offsite as the restaurant will not have its dining room open. And, naturally, physical distancing and other coronavirus guidelines (including the wearing of face masks by workers and customers) will still be in place.
“The entire street of Figueroa is boarded up,” says co-owner Glassman in an email to Eater. “Instead of boarding up, we’re going to open up.” The usually busy Eastside boulevard has been noticeably quiet for months, first as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and ensuing lockdown. Today plywood covers many business windows in Highland Park because of a weekend of unrest throughout greater LA, featuring large-scale peaceful protests all over the city and limited instances of damage to property. Those protests and others worldwide have been pushed to the national forefront because of the death of George Floyd.
The Greyhound will also have its full menu available for purchase, beyond the dishes indicated above. One hundred percent of the proceeds from those sales tomorrow will be donated directly to Black Lives Matter LA.
Restaurants throughout greater Los Angeles have come out largely in support of the protests and greater BLM movement, with many others donating proceeds to various non-profits, bail funds, and GoFundMe pages in the past several days.