WICKER PARK — When Furious Spoon served free bowls of ramen on its opening day, lines of hungry hipsters stormed Milwaukee Avenue. This Thanksgiving, the eatery — which has been open for 11 months — will again give out free bowls, this time to those in need.
Scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 26, Furious Spoon will serve free bowls of a special Thanksgiving turkey or veggie ramen to any individual or family in need that stops by its restaurant at 1571 N. Milwaukee Ave.
No proof of income will be required, according to the restaurant's blog.
"The neighborhood has been so good to us. We wanted to give back and do something nice for the community," said Anshul Mangal, owner of Furious Spoon, which is led by chef Shin Thompson.
Mangel said that himself and Thompson were debating whether to stay open on Thanksgiving and after some thinking, decided that if they were going to stay open, to "make it worthwhile for employees to be there."
Mangal said he has been promoting the Thanksgiving outreach on social media, as well as reaching out to local soup kitchens, such as Franciscan Association's Marquard Center, 1645 W. Le Moyne St.
Furious Spoon will give away the bowls on Thanksgiving until the restaurant closes at 4 p.m. or they run out of ramen, Mangal said. And Furious Spoon will be closed to the paying customers during the event, which will be exclusively for those in need.
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