Free tacos, coffee and more
While the federal government continues to be shut down, a variety of local businesses are stepping up to help care for furloughed employees. This includes everything from museums offering free admissions to salons giving free haircuts. Here's a collection of Columbus restaurants offering meal deals to the federal workforce.
All locations of Condado are offering a free taco to federal employees (with ID) through Jan. 30. No other purchase is necessary.
The Crest announced it would offer free lunch at its Clintonville location and free dinner at its Parsons location to furloughed government workers. Alcohol isn't included; employees must show their work ID.
Dough Mama Cafe & Bakery
Dough Mama is offering a free breakfast or lunch dish to furloughed federal employees with ID. If they'd rather not have the entree, they're welcome to a free baked good or piece of pie.
Habaneros Fresh Mexican Grill
This Hilliard Mexican outpost is giving out free meals to federal employees with government ID.
The Market Italian Village
Like its companion restaurant, The Crest, The Market Italian Village is offering a free dinner to furloughed federal employees until the government reopens.
The Peanut Shoppe Columbus
Marked by its classic neon sign, the Peanut Shoppe Downtown is giving federal employees a free quarter pound of nuts, in the shell or out, every day the shutdown lasts.
Ray Ray's Hog Pit
Ray Ray's is offering federal employees a free sandwich, plus a side, all weekend long at all of its locations.
Stauf's Coffee Roasters
Stauf's is offering a free cup of coffee to federal employees at all locations. If you bring your kids along, they'll get a free hot chocolate.