D.B.A. restaurant

D.B.A., a four-star restaurant in Akron, Ohio, treated 50 homeless people to dinner. (D.B.A. / December 27, 2013)

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An Ohio restaurant owner named Joel Testa wanted to help the homeless this holiday season. But instead of organizing something along the lines of a food drive, Testa had something extra-special in mind: fine dining. 

Testa is a partner at D.B.A., a highly praised restaurant in Akron, Ohio. He and his partners Dante Boccuzzi and Morgan Yagi treated 50 homeless people to a lavish dinner at the restaurant Sunday. 

“Some of these people may never experience fine dining," Testa told Ohio.com

The meal was served on large tables with family-style seating, and the food was plated on fine dinnerware. The four-course meal started with a spinach salad, followed by a potato leek soup, braised short ribs for the main course and a chocolate mousse for dessert. Everyone was welcome to seconds and leftovers. 

“Generally, people are afraid of the homeless,” Testa said. “The homeless are not lepers. Homelessness can happen to anyone.”

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