Many Philadelphians cannot afford a quality meal.
West Philadelphia's EAT Cafe, premiering Oct. 26 in a rowhouse at 3820 Lancaster Ave. (267-292-2768), is designed to address that issue.
Four evenings a week, EAT will offer tasty, nutritious dinners. When the check comes, patrons may pay whatever they wish.
EAT - which stands for Everyone at the Table - is a partnership among a collection of groups including Drexel's Center for Hunger-Free Communities, Drexel's Center for Hospitality & Sport Management, and the Vetri Community Partnership.
Menu is simple. On its first day at the 11 a.m. ribbon-cutting, a breakfast buffet will be offered, but its regular service is dinner, 4:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday. Organizers hope to serve 150 people a day and expand to Sunday dinners.
The initial menu, which has a suggested tab of $15 per person, includes a choice of minestrone or Caprese chop & toss salad; an entree of pasta Bolognese, roasted chicken with lemon caper sauce, or vegetarian pasta primavera; and for dessert, cookies and cream cheesecake squares or lemon sorbet with fruit.
Giant Food will donate produce and Metropolitan Bakery will donate desserts.
Jones-Craven said he hoped that many better-off guests would pay extra to help cover those who pay less.
The 40-seater was designed by Michael Gruber Design.