WASHINGTON (FOX 5 DC) - Even as the partial government shutdown comes to a close, celebrity Chef Jose Andres continues to support area federal workers impacted but the shutdown.
The local restaurateur brought hundreds of steak sandwiches and roasted brussel sprout bowls to National Zoo employees.
While the Zoo has been closed, many zoo employees have been coming in to work without pay to take care of the facilities and the animals.
Hundreds of steak sandwiches and roasted brussel sprout bowls delivered to the amazing employees of our @NationalZoo who have been caring for the animals through the shutdown! @WCKitchen #ChefsForFeds 🐼🐯🦁🐨 pic.twitter.com/M7ggSk2iUO— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) January 26, 2019
The Smithsonian museums and National Zoo in Washington planned to reopen to the public on Tuesday.
Andres also announced on Friday that World Central Kitchen will keep cooking hot meals for the next week until paychecks arrive.
BIG news! Our government will reopen...but we will be keep cooking hot meals for the next week so that everyone has time to get paid! And @WCKitchen #ChefsForFeds will always be here in future times of need! 🍴🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/ed6hvZyQRV— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) January 25, 2019
Andres owns several restaurantrs in the D.C. area, including America Eat Tavern, Barmini, Beefsteak, China Chilcano, Minibar, Oyamel and Jaleo.