Lafayette restaurant to offer displaced service industry workers inexpensive meal

Posted at 9:03 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 07:17:54-04

LAFAYETTE — Owner of Abacus, Robert Fruge, says they unfortunately had to temporarily lay off 20 employees due to the coronavirus. Now he wants to help those that are displaced. Starting on Monday, displaced service industry employees can go to Abacus from noon - 1 pm for a to-go meal at a cost of only $1. They plan to make 50 plates each day Monday-Friday.

"We see first hand how this impacts their lives," Fruge said. "Sometimes they're living paycheck to paycheck and this is going to be a tough time"

Maison Title of Grand Coteau is sponsoring the food to be served.

"Our hope is that additional partners and here at Abacus we can help more people, but also start a movement where other establishments both in Lafayette and in Acadiana start other programs to help those in need," owner of Maison Title, Benjamin Trant, said.

Meals will be picked up outside. Fruge says each day will have a different menu.