Tampa restaurateur planning free Thanksgiving meal

By Josh Rojas, Spectrum Bay News 9 Reporter
Last Updated: Monday, November 20, 2017, 10:47 AM EST

During Hurricane Irma, he turned his South Tampa restaurant into a shelter. 

Now, Genghis Khan Mediterranean Grill owner Ergin Tek wants to feed thousands for Thanksgiving - for free. 

"There’s a lot of elderly, senior citizens, students," Tek said. "People who have no family or people who have a family in other states and they have no place to go." 

Tek said he has enough food to feed tens of thousands of people and wants to help anyone in need. During Hurricane Irma in September, he transformed his restaurant on Bay to Bay Boulevard into a shelter. 

He also fed about 150 people during the storm. 

Now bitten by the charity bug, Tek has started a non-profit organization called "Feed In Need." 

Orginally from Turkey, Tek has been in the US for about 18 years. He said his time here working in restaurants has helped hom perfect a special Thanksgiving recipe. 

"Turkey from Turkish guy," he joked. "It’s kind of weird right but it’ll be good because I’ve practiced a lot."