Alma Gaucha in Boston's Seaport District takes supporting local police and EMS seriously.
A Brazilian steakhouse in Boston may be starting a summer holiday tradition after it distributed free boxed lunches to police and EMS personnel who were working on Memorial Day.
The restaurant, Alma Gaucha in the city's Seaport District, made a similar gesture on Labor Day 2020 - providing several hundred meals to officers and emergency personnel in the midst of a pandemic-weary year.
The repeat kindness was appreciated by patrol officers and first responders, and the head of the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association told WCVB TV in Boston that the free lunch was also a gesture that honored veterans - since many Boston police officers have served in the armed forces.
Last September, the restaurant's owner told WHDH Channel 7 that supporting police officers is important to him and his business. “Any time you need us we are here for you,” Alma Gaucha owner Anderson Winck told WHDH at the time.
Alma Gaúcha specializes in a type of traditional southern Brazilian cuisine called 'Rodízio.' It features a variety of meats - beef, chicken, pork and lamb - all as part of the same 'prix-fixe' meal. The restauant is located at 401 D Street in Boston's Seaport District.
The Boston Police Department has approximately 2,015 officers with patrol services covering an area of close to 90 square miles and a population over 615,000. Boston EMS services maintain 16 stations and about two-dozen ambulances on any given day, and employes over 400 emergency medical technicians (EMTs).