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Sammy's Mexican Grill offers free eats to Tucson workers impacted by COVID-19

Sammy's Mexican Grill offers free eats to Tucson workers impacted by COVID-19

From the Tucson-area coronavirus coverage from January to March: Nearly 1,300 cases in Arizona, stay-at-home order series
Sammy's Mexican Restaurant

When the owners of Sammy's found themselves in the crosshairs of people opposed to Donald Trump in 2016, some locals flocked to the restaurant to show their support. After appearing at Trump's Phoenix rally last week, the owners are once again facing blowback, this time on social media.

Sammy's Mexican Grill at 16502 N. Oracle Road in Catalina is offering free meals to anyone in the Tucson area who has lost their job as a result of the coronavirus.

In a Facebook posting last Friday, Sammy's owners said they would "be glad to provide you with a fresh, warm meal, free of charge."

Sammy's made headlines in early March after the Grupo de Palfeis Facebook group posted a screengrab image of Sammy's owner Betty Rivas standing behind President Trump at his Feb. 19 Phoenix campaign rally. Rivas and her husband, Jorge, said the restaurant was the victim of negative crowd-sourcing online reviews and harassment as a result.

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Contact reporter Cathalena E. Burch at or 573-4642. On Twitter @Starburch

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