Hotel opening kitchen up for free for local pop food vendors

Posted at 11:14 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 19:43:03-04

MOUNT VERNON, Md. — Hotel Revival in the heart of Mount Vernon has more than a hundred rooms.

Filling them is very difficult in the middle of a pandemic.

“I think being able to provide housing is a really important thing and it’s a really critical function,” said Donte Johnson the General Manager of Hotel Revival. “We have to think through all of the areas where we can provide a touch less experience but also provide comfort, a safe space and accommodations.”

Instead of looking at the situation as doom and gloom, they looked at the needs of their neighboring businesses.

“How do we do things that are going to make this a little easier for people?”

They decided to open a Pop Up and Pick up free of charge for local small businesses that don’t have a place to cook. For example if a vendor at a food market has been forced out because the market closed, they can come and use the kitchen and offer curbside pickup on the side of the hotel.

“We’re now looking at ways to somehow stagger the opportunities, where a baker can come in the morning and they can provide their food and goods the first half of the day,” said Jason Bass. “The second half maybe lunch to dinner could be another provider.”

Jason Bass with Kiss Tomorrow Hello is working with the hotel to create the Baltimore Service Industry fund.

“We’re targeting people that have been laid off in the service industry,” Bass said. “Examples would be restaurants bars, hotels, they can come by and fix up fresh vegetables, fresh produce and toilet paper.”

Using the luxury space of Hotel Revival to help their neighbors stay afloat.

If you’d like to donate to the service industry workers click here.

To apply to use the pop up and pick up click here.