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Flying Kite: New West Philly Cafe Aims to Bring Everyone to the Table

September 21, 2015
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September 21, 2015

We are excited to soon be opening the EAT Cafethat we have been working on with great partners.  Recently Flying Kite spoke with staff who have been working on the cafe about what it will look like and the process of opening a community cafe.

An excerpt of the article is below.

In recent years, Philadelphia has cemented its reputation as a foodie paradise, with Starr, Garces, Vetri and Sbraga becoming household names for many. Yet for city parents struggling to feed their families, sitting down to a nice meal at a local eatery is a luxury they simply can't afford. A new restaurant opening this fall in West Philly aims to change that reality, offering customers a dignified, sit-down meal regardless of their ability to pay for it.

EAT (Everyone at the Table) Café, an innovative partnership between the Drexel Center for Hunger-Free Communities, the Drexel Center for Hospitality and Sports Management and the Vetri Foundation, has been three years in the making. It’s the brainchild of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities' Director Mariana Chilton -- the concept of a pay-what-you-can restaurant grew out of the Center's Witnesses for Hunger project, which started in 2008 as a way to better understand and advocate for mothers and caregivers of young children living in hunger and poverty.

Through that project, the Center learned that many of the women living with these issues felt they couldn't take their families to a restaurant because they felt uncomfortable or were unable to afford to it. After learning of similar pay-what-you-can restaurant models in Salt Lake City and Denver, Chilton saw an opportunity here in Philadelphia. 


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