Bread of Heaven closes Thursday to serve homeless

Bread of Heaven restaurant in Alcoa will celebrate five years of being open by closing for the day to serve those with no money buy food.

Michael Colquitt, owner of Bread of Heaven, said he plans to close for the day in order to cater meals at Knox Area Rescue Ministries in Knoxville. The business owner said he got the idea to celebrate his business’ anniversary by feeding the poor while catering an event at the Worlds Fair site about a month ago.

“I had about 25 to 30 people asking for something to eat, and it tore me up. I wanted to do something. I realized I had my fifth-year anniversary coming up, and I knew I could do something,” he said.

Colquitt said he wanted to do something memorable to mark Bread of Heaven’s fifth anniversary. “If you have 350 to 400 coming to eat - that is what they experience at their lunch time - that’s something you won’t forget,” he said. “I felt like God led me, or I wouldn’t be doing it.”

Colquitt said he is thankful his business has remained open during a tough economy. “It’s a miracle and I’m blessed to be open,” he said. “I’ve seen so may restaurants and food places come and go so I’m fortunate to be open. It’s a blessing to be open.”

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