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One World Spokane is back in business, open five days a week

The One World Spokane Cafe has reopened and is operating five days a week, reports general manger/owner Janet Raschko. It's at 1804 E. Sprague.

Organizers of the nonprofit food business closed it down late in 2010 to focus on reorganization.

Raschko said business has picked up, adding “feedback and business are good.” 

Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Every second Saturday the cafe is open the same hours.

Evening hours will occur for special events or as the schedule allows, Raschko said.

An updated Facebook page for One World Spokane is here.

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.

Would you pay more or less at One World, where you can pay anything for a meal?

One World Spokane, the innovative non-profit restaurant at 1804 E. Sprague Ave., picked up a little attention in a recent story in the New York Times.

The Times story was headlined “Pay-What-You-Want Has Patrons Perplexed,” and examined what happens when restaurants offer meals at whatever price a customer chooses.

Anytime you make the payment voluntary, what happens? You tell us…would you pay the “suggested dining charge” or generally go a little less?

The story notes that Spokane’s One World was inspired by the One World Everybody Eats charity, based in Salt Lake City. Janice Raschko, the president of One World Spokane, said the One World Everybody founder came to Spokane two years ago to help the operation get started.

“We are only affiliated with them as mutual support and communication between us and anyone looking to open a kitchen in their community,” she added in a Facebook message (see the One World Spokane Facebook page).

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