DuBois, PA – The Soul Platter Café, the area’s first pay-what-you-can restaurant, is open today from 11 until 2. This time, they’re doing an Irish-themed lunch… with a twist.

The restaurant allows anyone to enjoy a meal. You can pay what you can (even if that is nothing), volunteer for your meal, or you can pay a little extra to anonymously help someone else.

On the Soul Platter Café’s menu today:

Guinness glazed roast beef or ham with Irish colcannon (traditional Irish side of potatoes, cauliflower, and kale), served with a slice of Irish soda bread and Kerrygold butter.

There is also a strawberry salad, with aquaponic-grown local lettuce and spinach, candied walnuts, red onion, and feta cheese.

Today they’re serving potato and cabbage soup. This is a good vegetarian option, as is the salad.

For dessert, there’s a chocolate stout cupcake, with the flavor of Guinness beer.

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.