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East Coast Burger Feeds Hundreds in Demolished Hoboken

Ridgewood restaurant organizing food, clothing drives to Sandy victims in New York and New Jersey.

Mike Ostrowsky filled his car to the brim and set out for Hoboken. He knew it was bad. Still, he was shocked to see what the city looked like days after Hurricane Sandy ripped .

"It was incredible," he said. "I couldn't believe what I was seeing."

Residents were trapped in flooded apartments. Power was out and food was in short supply. The National Guard had to be called in to save lives.

Ostrowski and the crew from East Coast Burger arrived at Wallace Elementary School on Sunday. Hundreds were lined up in cots along the gymnasium.

The East Coast Burger crew cooked up several hundred burgers for residents, many of whom who had not had a hot meal in days. They returned to Bergen County with empty cars.

Ostrowski's efforts are not yet complete.

He has designated the Ridgewood restaurant as a drop-off center for items bound to help storm victims in Queens, Shore Points and Hoboken.

Clothes, canned goods, blankets, non-perishable items can be brought to 75 Franklin Avenue from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

"I just hope that anybody who has the ability to help, helps," he said.

JAFO November 09, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Our community should rally around this small business and reward him for his contributions by dining at his restaurant.
Mikka H November 09, 2012 at 03:40 AM
I will......he has a great product and his heart is in the right place.....god bless
Ridgewooder November 09, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Their food is yummy.
concerned resident November 09, 2012 at 01:09 PM
This is wonderful. We will definitely bring our donations- as well as support his business.
Mark Ruckhaus November 09, 2012 at 11:23 PM
I've eaten at Mike's place. Good stuff! The bacon/blue burger, onion rings and shakes are really good. And, now, I have another reason. A man who gives back to the community. Hey, Mike, if you're reading this... I'm the Thursday day chair for Community Meals. If you're willing to provide support (not food--we get that from Valley), we'd love to do whatever promoting we can for you. Check with A Mano across the street from you. They're one of our supporters.
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JAFO November 20, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Just stopped in for a burger. It was incredible! I will definitely be going back.

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