NEW ORLEANS – Saints lineman Zach Strief has found an unusual New Orleans restaurant where he can satisfy both his cravings for Creole cooking and his hunger to give back.
While Strief enjoys the restaurant's white beans and shrimp, it's no ordinary lunch spot in the Big Easy — known for famous eateries and fine Creole cuisine. It's a noon-profit restaurant established to give troubled youth a chance to succeed in a uniquely New Orleans way.
Many of the 16- to 22-year olds preparing menu items at never finished school and some have arrest records. Strief says "there's not a great comprehension ... of how bad of a life some of these kids come from."
But the program is showing teenagers like 19-year-old former gang member Kentrell Morrow "success is obtainable."