DuBois, PA – The Soul Platter Café, the area’s first pay-what-you-can restaurant, is officially opening for lunch on Friday, March 8, from 11-2.

The pay-what-you-can option enables everyone to be able to afford a quality restaurant meal and experience, regardless of their ability to pay.

The cafe is located at 34 West Scribner Avenue in DuBois, in the red shingle building.

Currently, the Soul Platter Cafe is only open on Fridays from 11 until 2. They will have to find more volunteers in order to stay open on other days.

Please contact them if you’d like to do any volunteering! You can help out in a variety of ways… not just cooking.

Learn more at the Soul Platter Cafe website.

According the Soul Platter website, this is what you should expect to see:

“The Soul Platter Café is a non-profit restaurant where all people, regardless of their circumstance, can receive a healthy meal. We are NOT a soup kitchen, but a fully-functioning café serving food with as many local products as possible. The Soul Platter Cafe is a “pay what you can” restaurant, meaning individuals and families will be served with DIGNITY and will not be turned away if they don’t have any … or enough … money to pay for their meal. Their meals are paid by individuals willing to “pay it forward” and make an extra donation when they dine. Our café team trusts that expenses will be covered by generous people donating extra money when they dine. This business model works, and is proven again and again at other model cafes, who are also affiliate members of One World Everybody Eats. The café will run on hospitality, love, and a willingness to get to know our neighbors. We envision a location where folks from “all walks of life” will gather around a table and get to know one another.”

Listen to the full interview with Erin Heath, the co-founder.

This Friday, the menu includes a variety of homemade vegetarian quiches with local eggs; a beet, pear and local goat cheese salad; and a sausage, kale and mushroom ravioli soup, made with their own fresh kale that was grown via aquaponics in their building next to the cafe.