Not often does one read "free lunch" and NOT automatically think "cheapskates" or "poor man's food" or simply say "there has to be a catch." But if you're willing to try out an offer of a "free lunch" on Thursday, 5 March 2009, it could turn out to be something you catch and enjoy.
Genghis Grill - the Mongolian Stir Fry - opens at the corner of Clayton and Clarkson in the Fountain Plaza center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on Thursday, followed by a grand-opening event: they're giving away hundreds of bowls of Mongolian Stir Fry to those who come, in hopes that the crowd will be generous with monetary gifts to the group Saint Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness [Foundation], or SLOCA, who will serve the customers between 11 AM and 2 PM. A three-hour free lunch, and the benefits go to all!
Oh, and --- it is a SMOKE-FREE restaurant.
[Well, except for the food-grilling, I suppose.]
Owners Jeff and Brian Durbin, like everyone else, are struggling to open a business during these tough economic times, but wanted to honor a charity that is very near and dear to their hearts on the March 5th grand opening day.
Seeing the possibilities here, I think I'll go build a bowl. The problem is trying to figure out which ingredients I want to use --- this is a "pick your food" place, and I am notorious for being slow in figuring out which ingredients I want when there are dozens from which to choose. Yikes! Either way, it sounds like a good combination: freshly prepared food, custom-picking what goes into the bowl, and a "free" lunch with a chance to help out a good cause.
WHAT: "Free Lunch" during the Grand Opening of Ghengis Grill
WHEN: Thursday, March 5th, 2009
WHERE: Ghengis Grill - 15819 Fountain Plaza Drive - at the corner of CLAYTON at CLARKSON
WHY: Showcase the restaurant and benefit SLOCA Foundation
WHO: Owners Jeff and Brian Durbin. Other who: You, me, friends, acquaintances, others who show up - get to try a "first" in St. Louis and feel good about giving to a good charitable cause during a free lunch.