Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - He's been stabbed more than 40 times, robbed from drug dealers and lived a life of violence. But Barry Washington’s story doesn't end there.
He's launched a new business in Louisville, a restaurant that he hopes will save kids who are headed down a path like his.
Washington opened this restaurant "Barry's Cheese Steaks" on Preston Highway as a way to help fuel the souls of those in need.
“It got me off the streets because, when I was young, I had the mentality that I just wanted to be a gangster cause all my friends were,” he said.
It's a home of sorts for young men aged 18-21 years old.
Washington only hires those who've been down the wrong path, a path Washington hopes to right.
“I target some of the ones out there being knuckleheads this far away from going to jail,” he said. “By teaching them how to cook teaching them how to work, and I'm telling them these are things that can help them for the rest of their life.”
Washington speaks from experience, remembering his lowest point.
“I was living in an abandoned house, and I was getting ready to eat out of a trash can, and there was someone kind enough there to say let me get you something to eat,” he said.
An act of kindness that fueled his soul...something he is now paying forward to these young men.
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