Ravi DeRossi has decided to temporarily close his East Village restaurants until January, a pause that started this past Friday.
An Instagram post notes: "It wasn't easy, but we believe a better way to spend these next few weeks is by reassessing, reflecting and recharging. We hope to start the new year with clear minds and prepared for whatever it throws at us!"
His Overthrow Hospitality group includes the vegan-based Ladybird, Amor Y Amargo and Saramsam.
However, while the restaurants may be closed for dining now, there's activity behind the scenes. On Christmas Eve Thursday, Overthrow Hospitality will be serving free, plant-based three-course meals to anyone in the community who would like one.
The meals will be available from 2-6 p.m. on Thursday at Amor Y Amargo, located at 443 E. Sixth St. at Avenue A.
"It really just comes down to us wishing for everyone in our community to have a hot meal for the holidays," DeRossi said in a statement. "It's not much, but we hope it will bring a little bit of joy to everyone who will partake. I'm excited to spend this day with my team, cooking and serving those who would like a free meal on Christmas Eve."
The notice states that social distancing will be practiced, and masks will be available for those who need them.
Overthrow Hospitality said it has served more than 40,000 free meals to those in need since the beginning of the pandemic.
H/T Vinny & O