New Yakima restaurant donates meals to residents in need

The Habit Burger Grill donated 100 'Chartickets' to the Yakima Valley Community Foundation
Habit Burger Grill Yakima
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The Habit Burger Grill has partnered with the Yakima Valley Community Foundation to help community members in need by donating 100 free meal vouchers called Chartickets.

YAKIMA, Wash. — A new fast casual restaurant opened last week in Yakima and it’s already looking to make a difference.

The Habit Burger Grill has partnered with the Yakima Valley Community Foundation to help community members in need by donating 100 free meal vouchers called Chartickets.

“It’s really great; we let them distribute them however they see fit to anyone that needs a meal or maybe somebody that hasn’t tried us before,” said Alan Lauck, District Manager for the Habit Burger Grill.

The restaurant opened for business April 21 at 2400 W. Nob Hill Boulevard, near Rainier Square.

In addition to donating Chartickets, the company is also using its online ordering system through May 31 to support For The Frontlines, which helps provide free crisis counseling for frontline workers struggling with their mental health.

“Any time you place a mobile or online order, there’s an option to round up the change,” Lauck said. “And that rounded-up change, that’s going toward COVID-19 relief funds for people that might have anxiety or stress or anything that’s come about from the pandemic.”

Lauck said the restaurant is excited to give back to the community and to provide them with different food options. He said any other community organizations wanting to partner with the Habit Burger Grill can contact them here.

“We’re a burger-centric, fast-casual concept and we really try to focus on quality ingredients,” Lauck said. “We cook everything fresh … Everything is seared over a char grill so it kind of adds that smoky flavor.”

The Habit Burger Grill is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. for drive-thru service, outdoor patio dining and indoor dining at 50 percent capacity. They also offer curbside pickup for orders made online or on its mobile app.

Lauck said people can also order out for delivery through DoorDash, Uber Eats or Postmates.

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