Cafe Options' Gourmet Eats Give Back

April 3 2009, 10:40 AM
3404158774_a97d0b57cbThursday marked the opening of Cafe Options, a fast-casual restaurant that offers more than just handcrafted eats. Grabbing breakfast or lunch here means furthering the mission of Work Options for Women (WOW), a local nonprofit dedicated to teaching impoverished women culinary skills for lifelong employment and independence. The downtown spot employs five women who have successfully navigated WOW's 16-week food-service training, and 100 percent of profits go back to the 11-year-old organization. The mission is noble, but for any restaurant to succeed the eats have to measure up--and these do. The menu (created by Craig Dixon and former Vita chef Max MacKissock) offers gourmet-inspired items such as earthy ratatouille soup, a roasted-tomato baked caprese sandwich, and shaved roast-beef bistro salad. Cafe Options is a notch above the typical sandwich joint, and eating here is an investment into our society. Mon–Fri 6:30 a.m.–3 p.m., 1650 Curtis St., 303-573-0733