One of the speakers was Libby Birky, co-founder of the SAME Café, Denver’s first pay-what-you-can restaurant. Ever since hearing about it, I’d been wanting to check it out – so yesterday, my co-worker Gina and I dropped in for lunch.
Driven by the desire to see everyone treated with dignity, regardless of their ability to pay, the SAME Café encourages patrons to leave a donation that seems fair to them, or to exchange an hour of work for their meal. Their menu changes daily, based on whatever organic ingredients are in season. The food is fresh and made from scratch, and the customers range from professionals to the homeless. Everyone eats together in the same room. It’s a beautiful concept, and the food was delicious (homemade pizza crust? YES).
If you live in Denver, consider supporting the SAME Café. It’s on the north side of Colfax (or “the Fax,” as I like to call it) between Race and Vine. You’ll eat well, and you just might have a conversation about broccoli salad with a man whose life looks very, very different from your own.