Plates Cafe, the lunch spot run by the St. John's Shelter for Women & Children, opened three years ago. This is how they describe themselves on their Web site.
An employment learning program for formerly homeless mothers with children, Plates provides women with a unique opportunity to learn valuable skills necessary to enter the culinary and service industries. Upon completion of the Plates program, graduates are qualified for positions in the culinary, retail and/or hospitality industries. Plates helps place them into careers in these industries.
Basically, you can eat well and do good, all during lunch.
I've been out there for evening events, but since it's 15 to 20 minutes from downtown, I've never been able to get out there during the day. But that's about to change.
Plates is opening an outpost on J street between 17th & 18th streets called Plates2Go, Cowtown Eats learned by attend the Plates monthly guest chef dinner.
The new lunch-only restaurant will feature a seasonally inspired menu, including soups, sandwiches and salads, prepared by Executive Chef Stu Edgcombe and his culinary team, said Melissa Villarin, a spokeswoman for Plates in a follow up e-mail exchange. Most items will be under $10.
Plates2Go will also offer catering for groups of six or more.
The restaurant hopes to open in early June.
Now that they're much closer, I can't wait to make this spot part of my lunch rotation.
Plates Cafe is located in Depot Park at 14 Business Park Way, Building 149. Find them online at EatAtPlates.com.
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