Shuttered Restaurants Now Delivering Free Meals To COVID-19 Frontline Workers in Growing Trend

Slutty Vegan's doors may be closed, but the hearts of its owner and staff are wide open.
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Slutty Vegan by way of The Pinky Cole Foundation—named for the burger joint’s owner—yesterday delivered 80 meals to healthcare providers at Northside Hospital.

The restaurant and its foundation plan on providing “ongoing meal support” to Grady Memorial Hospital as well, a spokesperson in an email Tuesday told What Now Atlanta.

“We are appreciative of our local health care providers and know that they are doing everything they can to ensure the safety of patients, staff, and families during COVID-19 response,” Pinky Cole, owner of Slutty Vegan, said in a prepared statement.

Cole made the difficult decision last week to close Slutty Vegan to the public, including ceasing all takeout and delivery.

Slutty Vegan is the latest restaurant to support Atlanta’s frontline pandemic workers by providing free meals.

New-to-the-market Lazy Dog Restaurants is also delivering eats to medical personnel.

The Original Hot Dog Factory and Tropical Smoothie Cafe, both of which remain open for takeout and delivery, are providing free dogs and 100,000 smoothies for frontline workers, respectively.

[Editor’s note: The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is rapidly evolving as is its effect on Atlanta, and the City’s businesses and its residents. Click here for What Now Atlanta’s ongoing coverage of the crisis. For guidance and updates on the pandemic, please visit the C.D.C. website.]

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