Eye Opener – a breakfast and lunch place in Akron’s Wallhaven neighborhood – is offering a meal on the house to any federal worker who is not being paid during the partial government shutdown.

“It’s not a hand-out, it’s thanks” for what the employees do, Eye Opener’s owner Liz Keener said Wednesday afternoon.

She got the idea a few weeks ago when an Eye Opener server mentioned to her that two customers worked for the National

Park Service and had been furloughed.

She told the server to put the tab on the house, and she decided to pick up the tab for other furloughed federal workers who came to her attention.

Tuesday, with the government shutdown continuing, she decided to get the word out via Facebook that she was offering free breakfasts (with choice of beverage) to furloughed federal workers who show their federal IDs.

The Eye Opener is at 1688 W Market St. in Akron.