Thursday, June 9, 2011

Homeboy Diner at LA City Hall: a new business for second chances

Today was one of celebration at Homeboy; after many months of wrangling permits, testing espresso machines, and perfecting pizza at lunchtime in the bakery, we opened the Homeboy Diner at City Hall with a bang. Well, perhaps not a bang, but a loaf of bread.

The Homeboy Diner is only a closet-sized, bright green lunchtime spot, but to us it represents much more: the continuing growth and stability of an organization that seeks to provide hope to those for whom hope is foreign, and the opportunity for formerly gang-involved young people to show the world (or at least the mayor's office staff) that true change comes one day at a time, starting with a job.

Check out excerpts from the press conference, featuring our "homies" Kyle and Jennifer, Father Greg, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and Jesse Bonderman of the Cornerstone Project. Happy dining!


  1. Congratulations to alllll of you!! Great job!!

  2. Congratulations... good to see all the communities of LA pulling together on these issues... white, black, hispanic; gay, straight; chrisitian, catholic and jew; rich and poor... way to go.

  3. Congratulations on this second location! We all wish you continued success, and love with that good food!

  4. I LOVE that you have a blog! I will be following! Happy blogging!

  5. This is awesome, congratulations and keep up the good work.

  6. I can't wait to go here! :)

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