The Tribune (SLO) (Sunday) - - Front Page - BY SCOTT MIDDLECAMP smid­dle­[email protected]­bune­news.com

7Sis­ters Brew­ing Co. of San Luis Obispo is of­fer­ing free lunch to fur­loughed fed­eral work­ers dur­ing the gov­ern­ment shut­down.

For many folks, Fri­day marked pay­day. But for some work­ers, it meant no pay­check as the gov­ern­ment shut­down drags into its sec­ond week.

7Sis­ters Brew­ing Co. in San Luis Obispo is hop­ing to off­set some of the eco­nomic strain by of­fer­ing a free lunch to fur­loughed fed­eral gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees dur­ing the par­tial shut­down.

Own­ers Emily Tay­lor and Steve Van Mid­dlesworth are also gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees, but won’t be af­fected by the shut­down. Tay­lor works at Cal Poly as a state em­ployee, and Van Mid­dlesworth is an en­gi­neer at Van­den­burg Air Force Base. None­the­less, they wanted to help.

Tay­lor said they got the idea from large cor­po­rate chains in the Washington, D.C., area and de­cided to im­ple­ment it.

The brew­ery is serv­ing a va­ri­ety of grilled cheese sand­wiches from their menu for the deal. Clas­sic, cap­rese or sweet and sa­vory sand­wiches will be avail­able, along with a side salad, by show­ing a fed­eral ID card.

Fri­day was the first day of the deal, but Tay­lor said no one took them up on the of­fer.

7Sis­ters Brew­ing Co. is lo­cated 181 Tank Farm Road, Suite 110, in San Luis Obispo and is open Tues­day through Sun­day.

PHOTOS BY DAVID MIDDLECAMP dmid­dle­[email protected]­bune­news.com

7Sis­ters Brew­ing Co. in San Luis Obispo is of­fer­ing free lunch to work­ers af­fected by the par­tial fed­eral gov­ern­ment shut­down.

Man­ager Cameron Pelissier, left, and owner/brewer Steve Van Mid­dlesworth want to help fed­eral work­ers.

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