Oakland restaurant helping Coast Guard during government shutdown


An Oakland restaurant is giving back to the Bay Area Coast Guard one farm fresh Mexican meal at a time.

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard, along with other federal employees, have now missed two paychecks because of the government shutdown and money is tight for some families. 

NIDO Kitchen & Bar in Jack London Square is rolling out a special menu where a portion of the proceeds from the meals will be used to help Coast Guard families in the Bay Area impacted by the shutdown. 

Restaurant co-owner, Sylvia McCollow said, “For every meal that is purchased NIDO will purchase a $50 to $100 gift card, which my husband will personally hand out to some of the families.”

McCollow and her husband Cory have a special interest in lending a helping hand. 

“My husband, who co-owns the restaurant with me, is one of those servicemen,” she said. “He is active military duty Coast Guard. We were having a conversation about how unfortunate this situation is and decided we just had to help out in some way. 

Each of the meals on the special menu come with a dessert of your choice and a non-alcoholic beverage or a margarita. 

Nido has been open for a little over six years and giving back to the community is a recurring theme at the restaurant. 

“We are in a position where we can help,” McCollow said. “We have a successful business and we are just asking the community to help out along with us.”



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