Grace Cafe, a pay-what-you-can Community Restaurant
We’re so excited that Grace Café, located at 219 S. 4th Street in Danville KY, is now open. It is a nonprofit, pay-what-you-can community restaurant committed to serving delicious, fresh, locally-sourced, organic-when-possible, highly-nutritious food for everyone in our community. We were invited to their soft opening last week, it was fabulous. Executive director, Rochelle Bayless is a woman of vision and dedication. Speaking of vision, her husband Nick Lacy is an exceptional photographer, who has curated the first art exhibit there. I am proud to be showing my art in such a sweet location.
The first of its kind in Kentucky, Grace Café provides menus prepared with local, seasonal options, funded by donations, and fundraising. If a guest is unable to pay for their meal, volunteer work hours may be exchanged for meals.
Based on the established nonprofit restaurant business model developed by the One World Everybody Eats Foundation (OWEE), Grace Café is unique in the lack of a set menu as well as set prices. Instead of a cash register, a donation system is available for patrons to pay what they feel their meal is worth.
Their philosophy is that everyone, regardless of economic status, deserves the chance to eat healthy food while being treated with dignity. Food will be paid for at market prices and donations of first-rate, locally grown produce and other foods will be accepted. It makes me happy that I can share my surplus of herbs, tomatoes and figs with the kitchen.
I love what they say:
If your pockets are full, pay a bit more.
If your pockets are light, pay what you can.
If your pockets are empty, please enjoy a delicious meal in exchange for an hour of volunteer time.
Currently, there are more than 52 community cafés operating in the US and abroad. What an exceptional idea for our times.