Philadelphia Diners Pay Whatever They Can at EAT Cafe

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In recent years, low-income consumers in Philadelphia have faced challenges of trying to enjoy a nice meal out with loved ones. The median household income in Philadelphia is $41,449 (Data USA). Some chains are taking steps to offer more options and help provide low-income consumers with good meals.

According to Iconoculture, EAT Café, which opened October 2016, is a non-profit restaurant that helps provide a nice meal experience to low-income consumers. EAT stands for “everyone at the table”. EAT Café encourages diners to pay only what they can afford. EAT Café is the work of a partnership that includes local community groups, Drexel University, and for-profit companies like Giant Food Stores. The café is located near Drexel and attracts people who come from all areas of the income spectrum – middle-class consumers, doctors, the homeless, and students.

Although EAT Café has a unique business model, the restaurant is doing well. Owners state that receipts are not too far below what they would normally be if every single customer paid the suggested price, which is right around $15 per three-course dinner. EAT Café would like to expand into serving breakfast, brunch, and lunch in the future.