Cafe 180, a donation-based, pay-as-you-go restaurant in Englewood that's been paying it forward, feeding anyone and everyone, independent of their financial situation, for the past three years, is bringing its charitable philosophies to a kiosk on the 16th Street Mall. Starting today, the kiosk, located near the D&F Clock Tower, at 16th and Arapahoe, will serve box lunches between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
The kiosk, funded by a grant from the Daniels Fund, is a partnership with the University of Colorado School of Medicine's Haven and Peer I treatment programs, and will be staffed by people participating in the program, says Cafe 180 development director Amy Arnold. "The partnership has created a catering training program that will help individuals develop self-sufficiency through vocational training and job experience, and those same people will be making and serving the food," she notes, adding that while the brick-and-mortar is donation based, the kiosk will implement flat-fee pricing. "People often volunteer at our brick-and-mortar cafe in Englewood in exchange for their meal. At the kiosk, there's nowhere to really volunteer, so we went with a 'flat fee' model, and the kiosk's sales will provide financial support for the cafe, ensuring that we can continue to serve healthy, tasty meals to all," adds Arnold.
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The box lunches, which include a sandwich wrap, an organic green salad, fruit, a bag of Boulder Canyon chips and a freshly baked cookie, are $10. In addition, the kiosk will feature hot daily soup specials, along with drinks for just a dollar. "Each box lunch sold at our new kiosk benefits the mission of Cafe 180 and the University of Colorado's culinary training program supported by the Daniels Fund, so while it's a bit different than the way our full restaurant works, it's still very much a part of achieving our critical mission," stresses Arnold.