Accession Number: C.2008.901.1
Dimensions: 35 in X 26 in X 1 in
Dimensions (Metric): 88.9 cm X 66.04 cm X 2.54 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Antonio 'Nino' Vendome and family
White fabric kitchen apron covered in 34 uniform patches representing a variety of rescue and recovery agencies at Ground Zero. "Nino's Restaurant" is printed at the top of the apron and "America's Kitchen" at the bottom.
On September 13, Antonio "Nino" Vendome decided to repurpose his family’s Canal Street restaurant in support of the rescue effort. Over the course of the recovery period, Nino’s served more than 500,000 free meals to the Ground Zero workforce and also revived workers’ spirits with music and conversation. The more than 10,000 volunteers at Nino’s, papered the walls with children’s drawings and offered sustenance for body and soul. Outside, volunteers collected donations for Nino’s 9/11 Fund to sustain operations.
As a token of gratitude for the hospitality they enjoyed at Nino’s, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and laborers left behind patches and pins bearing their department or union logos. Nino Vendome’s ebullient elderly mother, Giuseppa, a constant presence at the restaurant, affixed the patches onto chefs’ aprons, which she later displayed behind the bar counter.