BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — Restaurants across the Front Range have stepped up to help serve their neighbors impacted by the Marshall Fire that tore through parts of Boulder County.
“At least they can think, breakfast lunch or dinner was kind of easy today. Not everything else but at least breakfast, lunch and dinner,” Lindsay Shaw, owner of Linsay’s Boulder Deli, said.
Shaw said she understands firsthand what these families are going through. Even though she didn’t lose her home, she lives near where the fires burned and wasn’t able to return to her home until Tuesday.
“We got running water today,” Shaw said.
She said she wants these families who lost everything to come into her shop and eat a warm sandwich or soup to help get their mind off of everything else going on in their lives.
“These poor people, they have to start again. They have to start again with everything and it must be so overwhelming,” Shaw said.
Shaw’s isn’t the only spot. Dozens of other eateries in Boulder, Westminster, Denver, Englewood and other cities in the metro area have jumped on board to help.
“We are going on the honor system. Anyone who comes in and tells us they’ve been affected, we are doing everything we can for them,” Bobby Mitchell, the general manager at Central Mexican Kitchen on Pearl Street, said.
Mitchell isn’t the only one with a no-questions-asked protocol. Peter Waters, who is part of Restaurants Revive and owns two eateries in the area, said his staff knows now how to make families coming in looking for free meals feel comfortable.
“Worst-case scenario is someone walks away with a free meal. We would rather take that loss than draw out more emotion on these families than they have to do already,” Water said.
Here is a link to all the spots offering food services.
Nearly 1,100 homes were destroyed in the fire, which tore through Louisville, Superior and unincorporated Boulder County.