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Tue., Jan. 4, 2011, 10:33 a.m.

One World Spokane Cafe closing, plans to reopen after time to ‘reorganize’

Keith and Janice Raschko, owners of the One World Spokane Cafe, at 1804. E. Sprague, are closing the restaurant for a limited reorganization and refocusing.

For two years One World Cafe has been a nonprofit busines serving healthy food and providing  a social hangout. Executive Director Janice Raschko said she hopes to reopen in February, in the same location.

After meeting with the cafe board of directors, she decided to take the time off to refocus on the key mission, which she said is "building community" among the cafe's supporters and patrons.

"We got a little off that focus" by trying to do too much, she added.

Support and enthusiasm are not lacking, she said. "It's a social experiment. We've changed so many people's lives," Raschko said.

The cafe lets patrons eat locally grown and healthful meals at whatever price they choose to pay. Volunteers contributed labor, either in exchange for meals or to keep the cafe operating. She estimated volunteers have offered up 8,000 hours of labor for the cause.

Photo, taken in August 2008, shows Denise Cerreta, front, a Salt Lake City-based mentor, with the Raschkos as they got ready to open the cafe.

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Tom Sowa
Tom Sowa covers technology, retail and economic development and writes the Office Hours blog.