The Friendly Toast chain, seeking to ease the pain amid the longest government shutdown on record, said Tuesday it will offer free meals to furloughed government and federal employees.

The offer — which also covers a single guest — extends to all five of the diner’s locations as long as the shutdown continues.

“We’re all about trying to do kind things, nice things,” owner Eric Goodwin said by phone. “This is right up our alley.”

Proof of employment, like a federal ID or a pay stub, is required to take advantage of the deal. The offer covers entrees and specials but not appetizers or alcoholic beverages.


This isn’t the first example of a local business attempting to alleviate the economic strain caused by the shutdown.

On Monday, the restaurant shop Pauli’s offered a free lunch to government and federal employees affected by the shutdown. Owner Paul Barker told Boston.com he wanted to do something nice for federal workers.

The Friendly Toast is known for its eclectic decor, bright colors, and laid-back vibe. The chain has locations in the Back Bay; Kendall Square; Burlington, Mass.; Burlington, Vt.; and Portsmouth, N.H.

Max Reyes can be reached at @MaxJReyes.