Restaurant owner in Louisiana giving back to community with 1,000 free meals

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YOUNGSVILLE, La. (KLFY) The owner of Agave Restaurant and Cantina and Zeus Restaurant, Nidal Balbeisi, announced Monday that he will gift the Youngsville community with 1,000 free meals as a way of giving back and uplifting a community that has been good to him.

A community drive-thru dinner will be held Tuesday beginning at 5 p.m. at the Youngsville Agave restaurant location, 2810 E. Milton Avenue.

The dinners, consisting of menu items from both Agave and Zeus, will be free.

“As I have always said, one for all and all for one. Youngsville embraced us when we had nothing, and I feel it is time to give back. I love you Youngsville, I love Lafayette and Acadiana.” Balbeisi said.

He continued, “I know its been tough on a lot of people, but you know what together we can make it better.”

Mayor Ken Rittter and Police Chief Rickey Boudreaux both said they loved the idea of a supper that will also benefit the community.

“People arriving at the restaurant will pull up outside, say how many dinners they need, and the food brought to their cars,” Chief Bourdreaux said.  

Employees, and local law enforcement officers will wear gloves and masks during the interaction, he said.

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