Something Wonderfully Different
SAME Cafe flips the script on restaurants, health food, and combating hunger.
Brad and Libby Birky moved from Illinois to Denver in 2002, and the couple decided to open a restaurant on East Colfax called SAME Cafe. SAME is an acronym for So All May Eat, and its built to eradicate hunger and serve people in need of a healthful meal. SAME Cafe doesn’t charge for its meals in the traditional sense. Instead, you pay what you can. And if you can’t pay much (or at all... No, Really!), they’re happy to get you to help out around the restaurant for an hour. SAME serves a broad client base, ranging from people in extreme need, to hungry lunchers who’ve simply heard the word about their delicious cuisine and constantly changing menu. These are the hardworking single moms, the elderly who cannot retire, the educated and the uneducated, the parents who work 40 hours a week on minimum wage and cannot make ends meet. SAME is about inclusiveness. It’s for everybody. SAME Cafe serves about 15,000 people year, and they never demand a dime from anybody.