SAME Cafe wins a major award -- and a major remodel

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

For five years, SAME Cafe has been doing good. And now its good works have been rewarded, again: The Restaurant Facility Management Association has made it the recipient of the RFMA Gives Program for 2012.

Founded by Brad and Libby Birky in October 2006, SAME was the first restaurant in town to operate on a pay-what-you-can philosophy. "Our philosophy is that everyone, regardless of economic status, deserves the chance to eat healthy, organic food while being treated with dignity," explains Brad."Customers who have no money are encouraged to exchange an hour of service -- sweep, wash the dishes, weed the organic garden -- for a meal. Likewise, guests who have money are encouraged to leave a little extra to offset the meals of those who have less to give."

Through the RFMA Gives Program, SAME Cafe will now get a complete kitchen remodel. Plans call for adding a sixty-inch double oven w/griddle top, a ten-foot center island prep table, an under-counter dishwasher, and also remodeling the restaurant to add more space and productivity.

Locally-based facility managers of RFMA will oversee the work, and vendor member companies will donate the equipment, as well as providing labor and material at no cost. "I anticipate the RFMA community will once again embrace this project with time, labor and money," says RFMA executive director Tracy Tomson. "The RFMA Gives Program enables RFMA members the opportunity to really make a difference."

Read Jared Jacang Maher's award-winning profile of SAME Cafe here.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.