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Café Momentum has plans to go national with its program

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The award winning Café Momentum has announced that they have plans to bring their restaurants to more cities across the US, according to Eater Dallas1. The innovative restaurant is known for its modern American food and, even more so, its program that allows recently released members of the juvenile justice system the opportunity to learn and work in the establishment.

Founder and Head Chef Chad Hauser

Café Momentum has made a huge difference in Dallas so far. Executive Chef and CEO, Chad Houser, founded the restaurant with the goal of making a change in the community by educating young people who wouldn’t normally have a chance. Houser has so far been featured in multiple cooking shows, including The Racheal Ray Show and The Chew. He’s very involved in the community, serving on the boards for multiple organizations – including his alma mater, El Centro. Houser is a proud graduate of the city of Dallas’s El Centro College, where he studied the culinary arts. He has also been named one of Dallas’ “40 Under 40” by Dallas Business Journal2.

Though Houser has proven himself to be a fantastic individual, he wouldn’t be able to make Café Momentum happen without his incredible team. His chief operating and development officer, Margaret Windham, has the accolades of working with and leading several programs, including working with the Bush administration throughout the early 2000s. A variety of other members of the Café Momentum team come from backgrounds of serving their communities, so it’s exciting to see the whole group come together and make this happen.

A delicious menu

The restaurant itself serves modern American food and a mix of other fusions. Being a combination restaurant and culinary training center, it’s no surprise that Café Momentum churns out some amazing food. Some of the best things on the menu are their Smoked Fried Chicken, served with greens and mashed potatoes and gravy, and the Shrimp and Grits, which comes with bacon, mushrooms, and a white wine sauce. The café arranges their menu into three courses, with an appetizer, soup or salad, and an entrée. If you decide to stop in, be sure to give the Asian Sticky Ribs a try3.

Members of Café Momentum’s culinary program are paid interns, who work directly under Chad Houser and his team. He uses this internship to offer a future to kids who’ve just gotten out of the juvenile corrections system, giving them applicable skills they can take to make their own successful careers.

Plans to expand

Café Momentum has now teamed up with the Stand Together Foundation to bring their program nationwide. According to Eater, the Stand Together Foundation provides the funding and tools that organizations like Momentum need to expand their reach4. The café hopes to continue the incredible work it’s done so far in Dallas by starting the same program in other cities and areas where poverty is prevalent. By doing so, they’ll be giving even more ex-juvenile justice system members the freedom to make something of themselves. We’re thankful that such a program exists in our city, and proud to see Café Momentum grow.

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