|F.A.R.M. to Serve at Boone Drug Downtown|
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|Monday, 17 October 2011 06:24|
The Board of Directors of F.A.R.M. Café is pleased to announce that historic Boone Drug Downtown will be the location for its restaurant where all may eat regardless of their ability to pay. F.A.R.M. Café is planning to open in April 2012 on the diner side of the Boone Drug store at 617 King St.
The west side of the 100-year-old building will continue to sell merchandise and various sundries by Boone Drug Inc. A lease between F.A.R.M. Café and Boone Drug Inc. will be signed Jan. 1, 2012, provided that the additional funds to open the restaurant are raised by that date. Additional opportunities for the public to contribute to this effort will be held this fall.
“Boone Drug is pleased to work with F.A.R.M. Café and be a part of this highly anticipated project,” said John Stacy of Boone Drug Inc. “We’ve been serving the community since 1919, and we feel this is a new way of serving – by providing a place for all people to eat and benefiting local farmers. Our fathers and grandfathers have turned to Boone Drug as a place to socialize and solve the world’s problems, and this will just be a new aspect of that. This is a worthwhile project and we support it 100 percent.”
“We are thrilled with this opportunity to open F.A.R.M. Café on King Street,” said Renee Boughman, president of F.A.R.M. Café’s board of directors. “Our goal for the past two years as we have worked to bring this successful business concept to Boone has been to open in downtown. This location serves clientele who may be dependent on AppalCART public transportation and joins us with the vibrant business on King Street from the local community, tourism and Appalachian State University. We are deeply appreciative of Boone Drug for assisting us in our effort to serve healthy, affordable meals to the people in the High County who struggle financially to put food on the table.”
Boone Drug Company was established by Dr. G.K. Moose and John R. McNairy in 1919 and has operated in Downtown Boone ever since. The company now has 15 pharmacies in the High Country, Lenoir, Sparta and Tennessee and is known as “The biggest little chain around.”
F.A.R.M. Café (which stands for Feed All Regardless of Means) is part of a national movement called One World Everybody Eats, which began with a single restaurant by the same name in Salt Lake City, Utah. This successful business concept, designed to help relieve hunger at the local level, has led to start-ups in other parts of the country. There are now 17 similar restaurants operating successfully throughout the United States. These restaurants typically have 80 percent regular-paying customers.
A group of citizens in Boone began their effort to start F.A.R.M. Café in 2009. Major fundraising began in 2010.
At F.A.R.M. Café at Boone Drug, customers will pay what they can. Those who can afford more than the daily suggested price will be encouraged to do so, so that others who cannot afford a meal can simply eat. Those who cannot pay can also volunteer at the restaurant. In addition to creating a more inclusive eatery, FA.R.M. Café will support local farmers by buying their locally grown produce and reduce waste through composting and self-serve lines in which people tend to take only what they know they will eat.
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