Extraordinary People

Restaurant with NO prices invites customers to only pay what they can afford

One couple have selflessly branded their restaurant as donations-only.

It’s not every day you come across someone who is truly altruistic and wants nothing in return – though we’ve come across two of them.

One couple have selflessly branded their restaurant as a donations-only establishment, meaning customers only pay what they can afford.

Husband and wife duo, Freddie and Lisa Thomas-McMillan, make no profit from their business with 100% of the donations go back into serving food to people.

Speaking about their café Drexell & Honeybee’s in Alabama, United States – where there are not only no prices, but also no menus – Lisa explained the motive behind allowing people to choose what they pay is so that “everybody gets treated the same”.

There are also no suggested prices either, to avoid putting anyone with a lower income under pressure should they be feeling hungry.

Lisa said: “If you go to the donations box, and you don’t even have one cent, nobody will ever know. And guess what, we don’t care.

“Our mission is simply to feed hungry people.”

Freddie and Lisa, who cook southern-style food such as fried chicken and cornbread, do not employ staff either although welcome any volunteers who want to lend a hand.

Speaking to GNN [Gourmet News Network], Lisa said it’s a joy to know customers leave “with a full stomach, full heart, and the understanding you are loved and worthy of love”.

Amid the global lockdown, fortunately Freddie and Lisa continued their work by offering takeaways to keep everyone safe.

Lisa added: “Whatever needs people have, if we can help them… we will.

“It is working out very well and we feel so proud to be able to do what we do, with COVID-19 affecting so many people.

“When my husband and I opened, we agreed to put a portion of our retirement back into the running of the restaurant, as you can imagine donations are down, but we will continue to try and be of service to all the people that come to our door.”

The couple’s philanthropy has even inspired copycats from other areas to set-up similar initiatives, meaning donation-only restaurants could be coming to a city near you soon.

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