KISS’ Rock & Brews restaurants offering free meals to TSA workers during US govt shutdown
KISS founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons are continuing to give back to their community as their chain of restaurants Rock & Brews (consisting of 23 locations) is providing free meals to TSA workers during the United States of America’s unprecedented and prolonged government shutdown, which started back on December 22, 2018.
Stanley and Simmons issued a video where Simmons stated (as transcribed by Sleaze Roxx): “We’re proud to operate our Rock & Brews restaurants at airports and respect the diligent hard work of every TSA employee to ensure the safety of who else — us.” Stanley added: “While the TSA continues to work on our behalf without pay, we want to make sure that we can at least provide them with a delicious meal to show our support.
Stanley was interviewed on CNN and indicated as follows (as transcribed by Sleaze Roxx): “Rock & Brews was founded as a fun restaurant for people to go to celebrate rock n’ roll, good food, good friends, but also without the people who have made this country great, none of it would be possible. From the time we opened our doors, every Rock & Brews that opens celebrates those veterans with meals and also donations to charities. We also do Veterans Day, the same thing. We just believe in giving back to our community. Our community is this country so to have a situation where 800,000 people are out of work. Basically, because of political egos and strategizing, forget the point that those are the people who make this country great and we make sure that the TSA workers and coast guards get one meal a day from us.”
In terms of the awful predicament that the over 800,000 US government workers are facing, Stanley stated: “They’re saying it’s tough. Its obviously tough. When people’s mortgages are on the line, when people are trying to pay for meals for their children, this is horrific! Look, Chris Wallace on Fox said to Mike Pence yesterday that he believed that the government should be open and this is just leverage. The problem is when you’re leveraging the government, and you’re shutting it down, who is the government? The government is of the people, for the people and by the people. Who are you hurting? You’re hurting the people. These are the people who make the country what it is and to see them in this horrendous position — everybody, not just me, not just Rock & Brews, we can do something to help. The gift of giving is also a gift to people who give also. So everybody can’t give the same but I always, don’t give until it hurts, give until it feels good. It feels good to help people. Those are the people who help us.”
Stanley was point blanked asked what he thought of the US government — both parties [Democrats and Republicans] — to which he replied: “I think again, people need to put their political affiliation aside and the priority has to be to get people back to work, back on the payroll, and then let’s figure out what the solution is. I certainly have my own point of view but I’m not going to share it ’cause I’m a rock n’ roller and I know my place.” Although Stanley didn’t provide his “point of view”, his earlier comments are in line with what the Democrats have indicated which is to end the US government shutdown and once that is taken care of, find solutions to the various issues between the parties.
Bon Jovi frontman Jon Bon Jovi is also giving back during the USA’s government shutdown as the singer’s restaurants JBJ Soul Kitchen in Toms River and Red Bank, New Jersey, USA announced on Facebook it would provide free meals to furloughed workers. The following message was posted on JBL Soul Kitchen‘s Facebook page earlier today:
“The JBJ Soul Kitchen and The Murphy Family Foundation would like to announce that the Soul Kitchen in Toms River, New Jersey will be open during normal lunch hours (11:30 – 3:00 PM) on January 23 and from 12:00 – 2:00 PM to provide meals for furloughed Federal workers and their families.
In line with our mission, Federal workers are encouraged to join us for a delicious meal and to learn about additional support and resources available in our community.”
Paul Stanley on CNN:
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