Visiting the nearly-open supper club Old Skool Cafe in San Francisco’s Bayview has more than made my week. In working to offer “marketable employment skills in the restaurant industry to youth,” particularly previously incarcerated populations, it has started hosting one-night only events before opening more widely for brunch and dinner this spring.
As apprentices, local young adults work as chefs, waiters and entertainers in a surprisingly warm atmosphere for what was once the Potrero Hill Police Station. That is, before founder Teresa Goines, a corrections officer who had worked with teen men, decided to do something about the correspondence she’d noticed between high crime and unemployment in the city. The resulting restaurant is a supportive environment not just for the people who work in it–but see for yourself when it hosts a New Orleans night on February 25.