LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – During the pandemic, local businesses have struggled to stay afloat.
A Lincoln restaurant was recently saved by the community, and the owner has continued to show his gratitude and give back.
Pokey Black, owner of A Taste of Louisiana, remembered what it was like not knowing where your next meal would come from.
Since opening the restaurant in June 2020, Black has made it his mission to look after the other members of the community, who are the same ones who saved his business.
While Black gives back to the community all year round, he has made a point of doing so during the holiday season.
He has offered free meals every holiday to those less fortunate and keeps his restaurant open on a day most would spend with their families to make sure others have a hot meal.
“It’s something that excites me,” said Black. “I love to do it and I can empathize with the people I feed. I was in their shoes at one point.
Black was homeless for six months as a teenager and served a 10-year prison sentence.
He said his business was his way of changing his life.
Just as he gave to the community, others gave to him.
The Lincoln community helped save his business three weeks ago with a GoFundMe campaign that raised over $ 10,000.
“It seemed like every month the food prices went up and that helped me catch up on bills and buy new equipment to make the restaurant run better,” Black said. “A few weeks ago I was about to close and if it wasn’t for the Lincoln community who helped me donate, I wouldn’t be here now. “
Black’s daughter, Alexus Montgomery, has just started working at her father’s restaurant and said she has seen with her own eyes what helping others can do.
” It warms the heart. It’s touching because not many people have a lot of it, ”Montgomery said. “When you think of someone who didn’t have much and now look; it is a blessing.
To continue feeding the less fortunate during the holidays and giving back, Black will be serving up free burgers and fries on Christmas Eve.
“It’s more of a spiritual thing,” Black said. “I know when I first opened I promised my maker that if he allowed me to do this, I would feed his people. So that’s what I do.
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