The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

December 24, 2013

Badin Cafe continues tradition of free Christmas meal

by Jason O. Boyd, Staff Writer

Sunday, December 22, 2013 — There will be a little extra Christmas cheer Wednesday in Badin. Andy Haque and his restaurant can be thanked for that.

For the second straight year, Haque will open Badin Cafe, 182 N.C. 740, to patrons on Christmas. From 1-3 p.m., people can visit the restaurant for “a traditional meal” as Haque puts it. And the best part is, there’s no cost for the meal.

“It just gave me an idea, being in a small town, a small community, you’ve got to give back to the community. So that’s what I’m doing,” Haque said.

“Being a part of the community, you want to do something special.”

Haque purchased the restaurant last year and wanted to do something for Thanksgiving but didn’t have the opportunity. So he made plans to do something that Christmas. He said around 80 people showed up to take part.

“I never owned the restaurant until last year in November. So when I took it, Christmas was coming, so I started last year at Christmas,” Haque said.

“A couple who I didn’t know, they were like 70 years old, they were like ‘We never cook at home and everything is closed. Can we have a plate?’ So that gave me the idea that we need to do something special for Christmas. So we started last year.”

Haque said he got a late start on this past Thanksgiving and that only 50 people showed up. He prepared for 100.

“It was 50, but I think I messed up on letting people know in advance. So that’s why I started this two weeks before. So I’m hoping for at least a hundred people to show up (for Christmas),” Haque said.

When Haque isn’t serving a free traditional meal at Christmas, his place is open 6:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Breakfast hours are 6:30-10 a.m., with lunch served from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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