Robin Hood Restaurant Charges The Rich To Feed The Poor

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By Cooking Panda

If ever there was a restaurant that deserved our soundest seal of approval, this would be the one.

Madrid’s Robin Hood restaurant just opened in December 2016, and already has celebrity chefs clamoring to cook there and its lunch reservations are completely booked through the end of March 2017.

Robin Hood’s mission is to feed the homeless and the poor for free, while asserting that those with cash to spare — the “rich” — must pay to dine.

Angel Garcia Rodriguez, known as “Padre Angel” to most, is the 80-year-old Catholic priest who runs the restaurant, and came up with the idea for rich customers to pay for breakfast or lunch when they dine at Robin Hood, so that the restaurant can then use that money to feed homeless people dinner totally free of charge.

“I want them to eat with the same dignity as any other customer,” Father Angel told NPR. “And the same quality, with glasses made of crystal, not plastic, and in an atmosphere of friendship and conversation.”

Robin Hood typically feeds about 100 people a night free of charge in two separate shifts. Spain’s unemployment rate, per NPR, is hovering at almost 20 percent, meaning that the amount of people who appreciate and even need a free meal in Madrid isn’t going to dwindle anytime soon.

“Some of our diners are very educated, and some are a bit ashamed to be here,” Nieve Cuenca, a retiree who treks over to Robin Hood once a week to assist in the kitchen, told NPR.

“I love this work. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done in my life.”

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Robin Hood has a few house rules, and they are all respectful: Patrons may sing, as long as they are not disturbing other diners; they may borrow a cell phone to make a call or take advantage of Robin Hood’s free wi-fi; they’re even welcome to request to use the kitchen if they have a special celebration they’d like to throw.

What do you think of the Robin Hood restaurant?

Sources: NPR / Photo Credit: Juliedesiry/Instagram

Tags: charge the rich, homeless, madrid, robin hood, Spain
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