Four of five planned eateries officially opened their doors Tuesday in retail space donated by Amazon on its South Lake Union campus.
Amazon.com will match up to $1 million in donations or revenue earned by FareStart during the next 25 days, as new restaurants run by the nonprofit open on the e-commerce giant’s South Lake Union campus.
Four of five planned eateries officially opened their doors Tuesday, in retail space donated by Amazon, which also paid for the furnishings.
The locations, which had a soft opening Monday, are part of a new FareStart apprenticeship program to train entry-level workers in food services and improve their skills to give them a shot at better paying culinary jobs.
Why 25 days? It’s to celebrate FareStart’s 25th anniversary, according to a news release from the organization.
Since 1992, FareStart has sought to help people out of homelessness or poverty by training them as hospitality professionals.
The new restaurants are Community Table — which has three fast casual eateries, dedicated to barbecue, salads and bowls — and Rise, a coffee, tea and pastry shop. They are located at 399 Fairview Ave. N., in a building that Amazon dubs Houdini North.
Another restaurant, Maslow’s, is scheduled to open July 24. It will be at 380 Boren Ave N.