Tysons, VA

Laura Schwartz is a licensed Realtor in VA, D.C. and MD with McEnearney Associates in Vienna. You can follow Laura on Instagram at @LauraSchwartzRealtor or her Facebook page. Laura can be reached at 703-283-6120 or [email protected].

Some of the hardest times allow opportunities for people to stand out as local heroes. John Wood, the owner of 29 Diner, is one of those heroes. The diner was declared a Virginia Historic Landmark in 1992, but has been open since 1947. The current owner, John Wood, took ownership of the diner in September 2014 (happy 6 years, John!).

The menu features your diner favs: breakfast, fried foods galore, burgers, sandwiches, kids menu and a surprise section of BBQ platters. They also have a pretty tempting milkshake menu.

Eating at the restaurant not only supports the historic diner, but also allows John to keep doing what he’s been doing since the pandemic started. He turned the dining room into a free food pantry for at risk members in our community.

He allows them to come in, 7 days a week from 8a.m.-8 p.m., and get free hot meals, non-perishable foods, refrigerated foods, household items and healthcare items. The restaurant also has a food truck deliver and serve free meals. To date he has served 38,000 free meals. You can donate via PayPal to [email protected]. There is also a GoFundMe page.

As if that wasn’t enough….

John has also taken over the construction of the Rustic Love Vienna signs, which has now been featured here on Tyson’s Reporter as well as ABC7.

As a reminder, Rustic Love Vienna was created by a local Vienna family as a way to help raise money for the food insecure and provide them meals and grocery deliveries. The signs are made by volunteers and people can order specific colors and donate what they want. All proceeds go to feed local families in need.

To order now, follow John on Facebook and look out for his posts. His recent orders have sold out quickly and you’ll notice those little heart signs popping up all over Vienna. Know that every one of them raised money to feed someone.

If you have someone who wants to jump in and help, he’s also looking for volunteers to join in the construction at the Diner.

You can find food and heroism at 10536 Fairfax Boulevard, Fairfax, VA 22030.

Photo via 29 Diner Facebook

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