Restaurant owner in Hudson helping less fortunate residents

Andrew Dumas and several Royal Lepage real estate agents have started a community initiative to help people suffering financially because of the coronavirus pandemic

The owner of Sauvé’s restaurant in Hudson has set up a pay-it-forward program where people in the community pre-pay meals for those who do not have an income or are struggling because of the coronavirus pandemic. The casse-croute establishment on Main St. is operating as a take-out restaurant only at this time.

Owner Andrew Dumas, in conjunction with several real estate agents at Royal Lepage, are asking people to donate a sum of money as pre-paid meals. Individuals and families who are suffering financially can order a meal for free. The pre-paid meals will be detailed on Post-It notes in the window at the restaurant.

A $10 donation covers a meal valued at $11 or $12 and Sauvé’s is absorbing the difference. For example, a meal might include a cheeseburger, fries and drink or two steamies, a poutine and a drink (vegetarian options are also available).

“There will be zero judgement, no questions asked,” Dumas said. “People just have to tell us the meal they wish to redeem and we will bag it to go, no charge. If people see a Post-It note in the window, that means we have pre-paid meals available. So far, more than 150 pre-paid meals are waiting to be collected.”

For those wanted to order a meal, they can call or drop by the restaurant (the outer door is open and food will be passed to clients through a window).

People who want to contribute to this community initiative can call Dumas at 514-513-3722 or e-transfer money to andrewdumas88@gmail.com.

If there are any notes left in the window once this health crisis ends, they will be donated to a charity. For more information, visit Sauvé’s Facebook page.