New Raleigh restaurant A Place at the Table is three weeks old, and its menu has suggested prices – making it the only pay-what-you-can cafe in Raleigh.
If the Raleigh non-profit is to succeed, volunteers and donations are essential.
“Our mission is to provide community and healthy food for all, regardless of need,” said Maggie Kane, the executive director of A Place at the Table.
She said the 80/20 model explains how the restaurant is able to stay open without losing money.
“Eighty percent of people pay the suggested donation or more, and 20 percent of people volunteer or pay a little less for their meal,” Kane said.
The restaurant offers a breakfast and lunch menu, where each dish is chef-prepared and made in house.
“Everything on the menu is a suggested price. Some people pay more, some people pay less and some people volunteer for their meal,” Kane said.
She said the menu includes healthy options because part of the restaurant’s mission is for all people to have the ability to eat healthy regardless of what they can afford.
A Place at the Table is a one of 60 operational pay-what-you-can cafes joining the efforts of the organization One World Everybody Eats.