Thanks to a grant from the Cornerstone Project, The Homeboy Diner opened June 9th in City Hall. The Diner will serve specialties from both the Homeboy Bakery and the Homegirl Cafe. The Diner is located on the second floor of City hall and is open from 6:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
At a foodie event last year, I’ll admit I made more than one return trip to the Homeboy Bakery table. Their cookies are memorable. The Homegirl Cafe is known for its vegan and vegetarian Mexican specialties, chorizo and tacos as well as Angela’s potion (Spinach and mint limeade). Check out this review.
Founded in 1998 by father Greg boyle, Homeboy Industries is a “non-profit organization providing rehabilitation services and job training to former gang members.” Other services provided include mental health counseling, legal services, and tattoo removal.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said at the press conference, “When you buy your lunch or coffee at Homeboy Diner, you’re not just buying a great meal–you’re investing in the lives of men and women who are ready to turn their lives around. For over two decades, Homeboy Industries has offered second chances for a brighter future and the addition of the Homeboy Diner at City Hall will continue that celebrated tradition.”
Besides the diners and bakery, Homeboy Industries has also developed Homeboy Tortilla Strips and Salsas, Homeboy Silkscreen & Embroidery, the Homeboy Merchandise Store and Homeboy Farmers Markets. About Homeboy Industries
Photo courtesy of Homeboy Industries.