LOCAL, a non-profit eatery featuring a colorful and unique menu of salads, sandwiches, pizzas and more, is scheduled to open May 19th. Unique in its concept and operation, LOCAL will support both area farmers in offering locally grown food and local charities by donating 100% of its profits each month to their cause. The Manhattan restaurant will be located in Plaza West at 3011 Anderson Avenue, next to Max Fitness, the same property currently held by Ingredient. Ingredient will be closing after May 13th.
The first of its kind in the nation, LOCAL will open as a non-profit restaurant committed to donating back 100% of its profits to the local community. By partnering with a new organization each month, LOCAL will be able to work alongside a variety of charitable programs and foundations within the community and donate profits directly to their cause. Over the course of a year, ten local charitable organizations will be selected to receive monthly profits from LOCAL. In the two remaining months, one in the spring and one in the fall, LOCAL will work with area schools and youth organizations that can sign up to receive a percentage of the sales for one evening.
LOCAL has secured a two-acre farm less than one half mile from the restaurant where fresh fruits and vegetables are grown to be incorporated into the menu. In addition to offering Kansas-fed beef, LOCAL will also depend upon area food vendors to provide the freshest ingredients that Manhattan and Kansas regional farmers have to offer. This unique set of offerings will provide for a more specialized and streamlined menu from that previously offered by Ingredient.
“I am excited to bring the new concept of LOCAL to Manhattan because it’s important for all of us to re-invest in our community,” Dave Dreiling, owner of LOCAL, explains. “This restaurant is our way of giving back and offering a way for fellow community members to learn more about important local charities and to provide support.”
To assist in selecting the local charitable organizations featured each month, LOCAL is establishing an advisory board to serve as its non-profit selection committee. Organizations interested in requesting an application for consideration can email Kari Krier at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 785.537.8822 ext 1234 or go online at www.LocalFoodandFriends.com.
“We are very honored to have been chosen to be the first charity to receive 100% of the monthly profits by LOCAL,” Maribeth Kieffer, Executive Director, Flint Hills Breadbasket, explains. “In the last ten months the Breadbasket has served over 10,157 more individuals compared to a year ago. As you can see, our need has increased significantly. We are very thankful for the support of LOCAL.”
LOCAL has embraced a design highlighting the familiar scenes of the Manhattan community and surrounding areas. From the city streets of Manhattan to the tallgrass prairies of the Flint Hills, the photos and décor match the unique flavor of the local community. The newly re-designed restaurant will offer a robust breakfast menu and will be open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Catering for everything from business lunches to casual events, including breakfasts, can be ordered through Adam Magette of HCI Hospitality at 785.341.4010.
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