Chester Cab Pizza is making an extra effort to help out airport workers in Rochester who are not getting paid during the government shutdown.
Speaking with News 8, owner Dess Ivanov says he wanted to do something to help out.
“They are struggling right now, so I decided to try and help out somehow,” explained Ivanov. “The only way that I could help really, owning a very small business in Rochester, is to provide them with food, provide them with lunch.”
Ivanov says he called them up and was able to figure out a way to send some food for the workers in the air traffic control center.
“They told me they were shocked, they were really appreciative,” says Ivanov. “They are kind of tucked into that tower there. No one really thinks about them. No one knows how important their job is.”
Ivanov sent food to workers on Monday and was working Wednesday to send out lunch. He says he plans to do it every other day.
Ivanov says he has received an outpouring of gratitude from workers. He is now encouraging other people and businesses to show support as well.
He concludes, “Don’t get it wrong, this is not like a big thing that we are doing. We are just helping out a little bit. It’s not a huge cost — that’s why I want more people to jump in. It’s not a huge cost, especially for a restaurant… They don’t have to help out every other day, like me, or every day. They can just do it once.”
Wednesday marks Day 26 of the federal government shutdown.
Chester Cab isn’t the only place giving back to federal workers. There’s nother place on Park Ave:
The Hideway restaurant is giving away meals to federal workes as well -at no cost.
“As soon as they sit down, they let the server know, they show their identification card or pay stubs to show they are from a department that’s been affected by the shut down. They order what ever they want,” explained the owner, Max Gordon.
Alchol is not included, but Gordon says, The Hideaway foots the bill.
“It’s really just to have people get out and sit down and forget about everything just for a little bit,” explained Gordon.
It’s a way of paying it forward for the federal workers that are still waiting to get paid.