The long-awaited Taste Community Restaurant has opened its doors for business at 1200 S. Main St. in Fort Worth, serving customers with a pay-what-you-can model.
We reported in June that the healthy and nutritious restaurant was on the way, with a menu that includes butternut squash risotto, cornbread stuffed quail, and fried rabbit, according to Fort Worth Magazine.
“You’re supposed to be able to pay $5 and feel like you paid for your meal or gave something for your meal, that’s less of a hand-out than a soup kitchen.”
The menu is the creation of chef Jeff Williams, who founded the restaurant along with Julie Williams, Linda Holtzclawe, and Brian Wronko.
The one thing you won’t find on the menu is pricing.
Taste is the only fully sustainable restaurant in the Dallas-Fort Worth area adding to a list of about 60 pay-what-you-can-models around the nation.
“You’re supposed to be able to pay $5 and feel like you paid for your meal or gave something for your meal, that’s less of a hand-out than a soup kitchen,” Williams said.
Williams said his vision for the restaurant came to him in a dream.
Realizing that he couldn’t pull off his concept alone, Williams joined the One World Everybody Eats foundation created by Denise Cerrito, who opened the first pay-what-you-can cafe in Salt Lake City, Utah,
“Our longest running café has been going for 10 years, so that speaks to the longevity and the economic viability of the model,” foundation board member Rev. Dr. Chris May said.
The restaurant is taking reservations on its website.
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