Moe's Original BBQ Restaurant in Bangor is offering discounted meals to TSA workers and air traffic controllers.
The owner, Dewey Hasbrouck, said a restaurant employee got the idea to help out local people currently working without pay during the shutdown.
According to the owner, it's started a ripple effect with other local businesses offering to help pick up the tab.
"We all know how it is to go paycheck to paycheck, and when you don't have a paycheck that can be a little bit tight," said Hasbrouck. "We get it and we're just trying to do our part."
Any TSA worker or air traffic controller can get any sandwich meal or platter for $3 by showing their work ID.
Moe's owner said they plan to continue this until the shutdown ends.