Jeff Sydnor Jr. and Irma Perry refuse to let anyone go without Thanksgiving dinner.
The owners of Granny’s Latonia Diner hosted a free holiday meal for anyone in need or alone for the holiday on Wednesday. It was the second year that they held the dinner, and they saw some new faces and some familiar ones.
“Last year I started it because, oh my gosh, there’s just so many homeless people and they don’t have nobody, ya know,” Perry said.
Donations of food and funds were accepted leading up to the dinner, with nearby businesses donating items on the menu and residents donating their time. The donations provided 20 meals to those in need, with the remaining money coming directly from the diner.
Granny’s staff handed out meals for every person who wanted a good meal and company.
“I wanna shout out to and thank Vivian Shay, because she’s a good friend from another restaurant we both worked at, she really, really kicked ass, man, and helped us out a lot,” Perry said. “She donated a lot.”
Perry’s daughter, Sissy, also wanted to shoutout nearby bakery Moonrise Doughnuts for their contribution.
“They donated twelve dozen doughnuts for our dinner,” Sissy said.
Perry said she is grateful to be able to connect with her community in this way.
“We’ve had this restaurant a little over a year, and everybody has really supported us and been right here for us and we appreciate that,” Perry said. “This was one way to show ‘em a little bit of appreciation.”