They are now facing a new kind of crisis headed to Washington to feed government workers and their families.
"We believe that no one should go through the pain of not knowing what to feed his children."
Andrés grew up in Spain but found a reputation as a chef in Washington where he opened the Jaleo trend restaurant in the early 1990s and created a mini restaurant empire across the city and country.
In December, when he started closing, he promised free sandwiches in all his restaurants for all federal government employees and is now fulfilling his promise.
His team will open a kitchen and a cafe on Wednesday at Pennsylvania Avenue between the US Capitol and the White House. It will serve a free hot meals menu between 11 am and 6 pm every day to federal workers with a valid identity, along with meals for workers to take home to their families.
"We plan to make thousands of daily meals every day and stay open as needed," said Chloe Mata Crane, spokesman for the World Central Kitchen.
"This has a double meaning: we will have food to eat or eat so you can get home, but I also hope that it will be a call to action for our senators and colleagues and especially for President Trumbe, at the moment in America's history , where families are going to be hungry, "said Andrés.
"We should always come together as" we humans ", like the Americans, the two Communists, the Republicans and the Democrats – all the Americans. So the World Central Cuisine will be there for all Americans. "