Right Spice

Gary Rydleski of Peru (left) enjoys Thanksgiving dinner at The Right Spice with Everett Masters of Hennepin. The two new friends met when Masters held open the restaurant's door for Rydleski.

A downtown Peru restaurant threw open its doors and fanned out across the area yesterday, serving free, full Thanksgiving meals for the holiday.

The Right Spice, the Schimmer Automotive family and U.S. Foods teamed up to feed people who were homeless, unable to afford a meal, or were alone on the holiday.

Right Spice owner Dee Mallery estimates the restaurant seated about a hundred guests yesterday, and delivered meals across Starved Rock country, from LaSalle-Peru area to Princeton to LaMoille. And sometimes drivers who were delivering food did double duty by shuttling guests to and from the restaurant.

Volunteers helped with the preparation, serving and deliveries.

This was an experiment for the holiday. Dee says there’s a good chance they’ll do it again next year.

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