Mount Clemens restaurant offering free breakfast to feed hungry

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published December 18, 2015

 The owner of John’s Family Grill in Mount Clemens will be offering a free breakfast buffet from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

The owner of John’s Family Grill in Mount Clemens will be offering a free breakfast buffet from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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MOUNT CLEMENS — A Mount Clemens restaurant owner will be offering a free breakfast buffet on Christmas Eve in an effort to raise money to feed the hungry.

Mark Lleshi, owner of John’s Family Grill, said everyone in the community is welcome to enjoy the free breakfast buffet from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Dec. 24. He said no donations are required, though any donations that are given that day will benefit local churches and their year-round efforts to aid the homeless.

“I’ve been doing this since I opened three years ago,” said Lleshi. “I just want to show my support whenever I can.”

Different churches benefit each year. Last year, St. Peter Catholic Church on Market Street and Zion United Church on New Street were the recipients of $700 each as a result of the now-annual holiday event.

Church officials at Zion said the funding helped them feed the homeless through their Community Meal program held every Sunday from early November through the end of March. Zion also opens a warming center for a week in January, and the funding helps them feed the homeless breakfast and dinner, and provide them with warm clothing and a comfortable place to sleep for the night.

Harrison Township residents Mike and Cheryl Novak, parish members of Zion Church since the early 1970s, regularly volunteer their time to aid those programs, as well as help support and promote Lleshi’s effort.

“It’s nice what he does for the community … and he doesn’t look for any recognition for what he does, but it’s a nice thing,” said Mike Novak. “The waitresses donate their time, and the young people from the church help out with cleanup.”

Cheryl Novak provides her photography services during the buffet, and said the turnout is traditionally a big one filled with festive cheer.

“And it’s such a nice restaurant,” she said.

Lleshi, who also donates food to the Community Meal program at Zion, said the free buffet will consist of his restaurant’s traditional breakfast menu items including pancakes, hash browns, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, toast and fruit.

The churches benefiting this year are First United Methodist Church on Gratiot Avenue at Cass Avenue in Mount Clemens, which takes over the Community Meal program each April, and St. Louis Parish on Crocker Boulevard in Clinton Township.

John’s Family Grill is located at 304 Cass Ave. For more information, call (586) 463-0033.

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