Greenwich family raises money for Centro at the Mill employees
GREENWICH — Centro at the Mill — a small Italian restaurant in Glenville known for its picturesque setting — has a long history of serving people.
The restaurant, in an old mill, overlooks a small waterfall near the Byram River. The unique aesthetic of the site is what attracted one Greenwich family to the small restaurant almost 20 years ago.
“It’s (also) the people there,” said Mareta Hamre. “They’re very welcoming. The people who work there have always been very kind to us.”
Over the years, the Hamres have grown closer to Centro on the Mill staff, to a point where they know details about the waiters’ and bartenders’ personal lives.
But the restaurant’s doors have temporarily closed due to guidelines set for the coronavirus outbreak. And the Hamre family is no longer able to continue a tradition of eating there every week, an occurrence they’ve grown accustomed to, over the last two decades.
“Centro, for us, has been kind of a home away from home and they’ve become like a family to us,” said Hamre. “So, when they had to close based on the state’s mandate, we realized they were suddenly without their jobs and the people who had been so good to us were without that income.”
A few weeks ago, the Hamre family created a Go Fund Me page for restaurant employees, who are now without a job. The family’s goal is to raise $5,000 in the news two weeks. The family had raised almost $1,000 by Friday afternoon, according to the page.
Centro’s answering machine states the restaurant is closed until further notice. A representative from the eatery was not immediately available for comment.
The Hamre family is calling on those who have also relied on the restaurant over the years, and other individuals able to contribute to the employees, alike.
The money will be “equitably” distributed to the restaurant workers who need it most, said Hamre.
To make a donation, visit, gofundme.com/f/centro-employee-assistance.