When Paolo Feteira and chef David Martinez opened Union Restaurant and Bar Latino in September 2007, the village of Haverstraw, N.Y., was undergoing a revitalization. A year later, however, the recession was taking its toll. Long-time residents had “lost faith,” Feteira said, so he and Martinez decided to do something to give them hope. In February 2009, they decided to host a “we care” event for the community. They spread word at social service agencies and ...

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