Old Skool Cafe

Old Skool Cafe

Old Skool Cafe

Old Skool Cafe

DESCRIPTION: Cafe
CUISINE: Soul Food
PRICING: $$
CREDIT CARDS: yes
COVER CHARGE: no
ATTIRE: casual
TAKE-OUT: yes
TAKES RESERVATIONS: no
FAMILY-FRIENDLY: yes
DAYS & HOURS: Thu-Sat 5:30p-9:30p
ADDRESS: 1429 Mendell Street, San Francisco, CA
RAPID TRANSIT: Muni Metro Third/Oakdale/Palou Station
PARKING: at Bayview Opera House
PHONE: 415-822-8531
WEBSITE: http://www.oldskoolcafe.org

Old Skool Cafe Review

As a playful counterpoint to its name, this is a faith-based Jazz supper club in Bayview-Hunters Point. As a youth-run, violence prevention establishment that hires reformed gang-members and troubled youths, it serves as a vocational training ground, employment incubator, and income generator in the community. Teresa Goines, a former corrections officer, was blessed with the idea and motivation to make it a reality. Their success is measured by 92% earning their high school diplomas, 94% employed or in school, 13 started attending college since 2010. As of 2014, the recidivism rate for youth at Old Skool Cafe is 10%, in comparison to the national rate of 76%, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. This is more than a “feel good non-profit” story. The atmosphere, food and service at Old Skool are good too.

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