DuBois, PA – The Soul Platter Café, the area’s first pay-what-you-can restaurant, is open today from 11 until 2. 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.

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

On the Soul Platter Café’s menu today: cream of mushroom soup (made from locally grown mushrooms at the Quiet Creek Herb Farm in Brookville), a flight of three mac and cheeses with a side of baked beans, turkey salad made with lettuce grown in their aquaponic system, cheesecake, and smoothies.

Thanks to new volunteers, the café is now able to be open on Saturday as well from 11 to 2!

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.