We were thrilled when we heard about the reopening of Near Southside’s Taste Community Restaurant, a “pay what you can afford” culinary experience designed to help feed and serve Tarrant County’s food insecure population. The food is outstanding, and we highly recommend a visit. This week we learned that Taste has opened their patio — doubling their occupancy and bolstering Near Southside’s already strong patio offerings. Here’s the deets.
Taste Project announces today the opening of the outdoor patio at Taste Community Restaurant. The space doubles the restaurant’s limited occupancy by providing an additional 8 dining tables each spaced 6 feet apart.
“We want to be sure everyone in our community has a place to go for a healthy meal,” says Jeff Williams, Founder and Executive Director. “With the current health and economic crisis, food insecurity is on the rise. Making space for our community allows us to feed, educate, and serve more people, so they may ‘…taste and see the Lord is good’ (Psalm 34:8).”
Earlier this month, Taste Project announced that closure was not an option and declared Taste Community Restaurant ‘Open for Good’. And today, our community continues to connect one meal at a time.
“Yay! Another reason to come visit!” says Tracy. “You know how to do it, so that it’s very inviting!” says Lorna.
Taste Community Restaurant is the first project of the Taste Project organization. It is designed to help feed, educate, and serve Tarrant County’s food insecure population, a total of 13.9 percent of Tarrant County’s overall community (Feeding America, 2018).
Taste’s solution is a fresh and healthy pay-what-you-can restaurant where everyone in the community regardless of financial means can enjoy a healthy, high quality meal, made from seasonal ingredients from the surrounding area. The menu has no prices. Guests are asked to:
Pay what you can afford;
Pay what you would typically pay; or
Pay what you would typically pay, plus a little extra to help a neighbor in need.
You can join the community at Taste Community Restaurant. The outdoor patio is open for lunch Tuesdays – Sundays (Closed on Mondays).
Taste Community Restaurant
1200 South Main Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76104
Open Tuesdays – Sundays (Closed Mondays)
11:00am – 2:00pm
About Taste Project
Taste Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit established to feed, educate, and serve our community so they may “…taste and see the Lord is good.” Psalm 34:8. We believe everyone should have access to healthy nutritional food. Our vision is to see our community become the solution to the challenges our community faces as it relates to hunger. Our first project, Taste Community Restaurant at 1200 South Main Street in Fort Worth, focuses on healthy, quality meals made from fresh ingredients. Our menu has no prices. This is a give and take concept. We ask guests to do one of the following: 1) pay what you can afford, 2) pay what you would typically pay, or 3) pay what you would typically pay, plus a little extra. To learn more, visit us at www.tasteproject.org or find us on Facebook.