Co-owned by rap icon Nas and restaurateur John Seymour, the popular eatery has two Brooklyn locations, in Prospect Heights and Williamsburg, as well as additional outposts in Manhattan, Queens and Los Angeles.
The waffle shop, which prides itself for serving “some of the best fried chicken and waffles in New York City, as well as new American comfort food,” began its mission on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in honor of his civil service. Spreading love the Brooklyn way, they served their specialty for free to federal employees who had to go without their government-issued paycheck.
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” Seymour quoted a 1957 speech Dr. King on Instagram. “We honor the words of Dr. King, and in support of our government employees, we are offering free chicken and waffles. We hope to serve you as you have served us.”
Adams also awarded “Hero of the Month” recognition to several other honorees including the Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens, the kosher soup kitchen chain Masbia and Brooklyn’s Massage Outpost, all of which provided free food and services to government workers.
“Our latest ‘Heroes of the Month’ help those with nowhere else to turn, bringing hope and opportunity to those in need,” said Adams. “The federal shutdown had a deep impact on so many Brooklynites, from residents of NYCHA to food stamp recipients. And it disrupted everything from air travel to tax collection. Thankfully, a number of groups stepped in with acts of kindness, both big and small, that really helped to fill the gap and restore workers’ dignity.”
NYPD sergeant William Hart, who saved a teen about to jump off the Manhattan Bridge in January, also was rightfully honored as a Brooklyn hero.