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Anthony Weiner Announces Non-Profit Restaurant In Rockaways

Anthony Weiner (credit: CBS 2)

Anthony Weiner (credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s official, former congressman and mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner is starting a new business.

Weiner announced on Saturday the start of a non-profit that will train workers for jobs in the restaurant industry, CBS 2 reported.

The Rockaway Restoration Kitchen will offer locally-produced food in a neighborhood still recovering from Superstorm Sandy.

Speculation over the project began a few days ago after Weiner’s name was listed as one of the principals for the organization, described on Idealist.org as a “social entrepreneurship that operates a healthy, sustainable restaurant in a hard luck community to provide training, on-the-job apprenticeship and placement in the culinary and food service sector for unemployed New Yorkers.”

The organization is also seeking an executive director, according to the Idealist posting.

Weiner resigned from Congress in 2011, after he acknowledged sending lewd Twitter photos to women. The area where the non-profit will operate was part of Weiner’s congressional district.

He returned to the political spotlight last year when he launched a mayoral run, but a new round of sexting revelations caused him to collapse in the polls.

He ultimately lost the primary to now-Mayor Bill de Blasio in September.

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