Grace Café describes itself as a ‘pay-what-you-can, community restaurant.’ It says if a guest is not able to pay for their meal, they will instead be able to exchange volunteer work hours to cover the food costs.
The cafe says its goal is to end hunger in Boyle County. It says about one in four Danville residents are considered food insecure, which means they don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
Workers say the concept is based on the established, non-profit restaurant business model developed by the One World Everybody Eats Foundation, or OWEE. The cafe will not have a set menu or set prices. And instead of a cash register, a donation system is available for guests to pay what they feel their meal is worth.
Grace Café says, "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."
Workers say the menu will be nutritious, based on what’s available seasonally and locally. It says the daily selections will include a choice of two to three fresh soups, salads, sandwiches, and entrées. Desserts and breads will be sourced from local bakers and bakeries. And you won’t find processed food or soda at the restaurant. Instead, workers say beverages will include "water infusions" — water infused with fruit, vegetables and herbs, iced tea, lemonade, and hot and iced coffee.
The restaurant is located at 219 S. 4th Street in Danville. It’s grand opening will be this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, from 11am- 2pm.
Directors say beginning Wednesday, July 22, the cafe will be open for lunch Wednesday – Sunday from 11am to 2pm. Directors say the hours will expand to other days of the week, and will include breakfast, depending on need and demand.