Leonore Restaurant gives back to owner's home country

Published: Mar. 5, 2019 at 11:26 AM EST
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Miguel Liendo is very aware of the plight of the people of his home country.

"Minimum wage is about three dollars per month," said Liendo, who was born and raised in Venezuela but has operated Liendo in downtown Roanoke for about seven years. "That's crazy, because people don't have enough to survive."

Venezuela has been gripped by a humanitarian crisis as well as political turmoil in recent months, as Venezuelan Congress President Juan Guaido, an opposition leader who declared himself interim president, is batting to topple the regime of President Nicolas Maduro. The United States and 50 other nations have recognized Guaido as Venezuela's interim president.

Those crises are partly why between March 4 and 6, Liendo will donate 10 percent of its sales to aid the people of Venzuela. The fundraiser was made possible by the Good Deed Program, with which Liendo is a participating business.

Liendo offers both Venezuelan and Italian food, featuring appetizers, desserts, and lunch specials as well. Check out the

so you can drop in and support a worthy cause, or order online.