Old Skool Café

Okay, let’s get hungry for world change. Whenever I am in the San Francisco area, I love to visit this spot. Old Skool Café is a Youth-Run Supper Club based in San Francisco!

Whether you come for the grandmother-pleasing fried chicken or stay for the live entertainment, you give young people a second chance at life!

Besides serving international soul food that just makes you want to dance, why should you run to this jazz-themed café?

  1. Teresa Goines, a former probation officer, founded this organization in 2005 as a means to stop the cycle of poverty, violence, and incarnation that afflict at-risk young. In 2012, they finally moved from catering and pop-up shops to a physical building they call home.
  2. OSC is faith-based organization that restores those who are formerly incarcerated. More than just employment, they provide a supportive environment for a sense of family, community, and self.
  3. With training, youth ages 16-22, go through pre-employment, employment, and leadership phases to run all aspects of the business. From hosting and serving to cooking and entertaining, they make the key decisions in the business.
  4. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, their gift shop and donations make their famous lavender cheesecake so much sweeter!
  5. Dishes at OSC come from all over the world, because the youth come from such different backgrounds and cultures. From Polynesian Taumoepeau Ota to West African Peanut Butter Stew, you travel the world from the comfort of a booth.
  6. With their success and passion, Teresa has received a CNN Heroes Award, FBI Director's Community Leadership Award, and been featured on the Rachael Ray Show!

If this hasn’t convinced you, the ones running this show will! So, meet the youth that are making positive changes in their own lives and the lives of others. I promise this comfort food will do both your body and spirit good!

Old Skool Café is open for 5:30 - 9:30PM, Thursday - Saturday for dinner.


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