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Anthony Weiner Plans To Open Restaurant In Queens

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Anthony Weiner may not be able to win votes, so now he's trying to win over stomachs instead.

The former New York congressman is involved in a project to open a nonprofit restaurant in the Rockaways, a neighborhood in Queens that continues to suffer after being hit hard during 2012's Hurricane Sandy, according to the Rockaway Times.

"Large swaths of the peninsula are lacking in quality, sustainable, nutritious food," Weiner told the New York Daily News. "It's is also sadly true that many Rockaway residents need help developing skills to lift them out of unemployment."

Along with serving healthy meals, Rockaway Restoration Kitchen will offer a 13-week program to teach restaurant skills to those who are unemployed, and help place them in jobs in other restaurants around the city, according to a description of the program on the organization's website.

Ironically, Weiner once derided restaurant work.

“We're creating a lot of restaurant worker jobs and poor people jobs,” Weiner said at a 2013 debate. “We have to stop that. We have to try to make this a middle class capital again."

Weiner's exact role is unclear but AMNY says a job listing for the restaurant's executive director lists him as an administrator.

"Anthony Weiner is a friend of the Rockaways and we welcome anyone who comes to train people with culinary and hospitality services," City Councilman Donovan Richards told the website. "I'd love to have some of his soup."

Weiner resigned from Congress in 2011 after a sexting scandal in which he sent a lewd image out via Twitter. While running in New York's mayoral primary last year, it was revealed that he was involved in another sexting scandal, engaging in explicit conversations under the name "Carlos Danger."

Weiner finished in 5th place, with 4.9 percent of the vote.

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