Hey if anyone has any examples of cooperatively/collectively owned and operated restaurants could you let me know?
Slightly urgent. Boosts appreciated.
@tulsi Alchemy Collective Cafe and Roaster in Berkeley! (cafe not restaurant but yeah they’re great!)
The Little Grille Collective in Harrisonburg, VA.
I recently heard Democracy Brewing in Boston is a cooperative.
@tulsi l'eau chaude in Brussels, Belgium. https://www.bioguide.be/restaurants/l-eau-chaude-het-warm-water
Not sure if this is the continent of your wishes?
@wendy I'm sending them as examples to someone who only speaks english but thank you anyways!
@tulsi yeah, there's yelp stuff, but you find it in search engines with Eau chaude (means 'hot water's, because they used to sell it in this area) & Brussels, or Marolles. Very nice vegetarian menu in a touristy area of the city.
Their own website is offline for the moment with a database error.. 😶
The story goes that back in the day, not every house in Marolles had residential gas hookups. So ppl came looking for water, heated in a large copper pot by neighborhood grocers...
Cooperative born in 2014 from the desire of several folks to open a café, a project brought by a dynamic collective, l'Eau Chaude offers quality vegetarian cuisine and cultural activities... Today it includes about 100 coop members, a few employees, and numerous donors.
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@tulsi Abolish Restaurants is a really good, short pamphlet that intros Marxian and anarchist criticisms and applies them specifically to restaurants
I'm sure if you're asking this you don't need convincing lol, but if you're putting together info for others it's a great piece. it's also available in hardcopy and zine-formatted pdf
not what you asked for but relevant imo
@pinksock this great thank you!
If ones that are no longer in business, Red and Black Cafe in Portland, Oregon was a famous one that lasted for a very long time. It was a worker-owned collective and an IWW shop.
IWW also used to have another collective called Back to Back Cafe, but that didn't survive very long.
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@tulsi not exactly a restaurant but Rainbow Grocery here in San Francisco is a coop and is awesome
@tulsi English-speaking countries only?
@anarchiv please feel free to share. I've definitely found enough for my purpose. But now I'm really enjoying hearing about them
@tulsi every major city around here has one so...
@anarchiv which one? I'm getting the feeling that cooperative restaurants are more common outside the US.
@tulsi my hometown (Kiel) has one, Hamburg, Berlin and Dresden have lots of them, I haven't really checked the region I'm living in now but I know there have to be at least a couple of them. & the South is a strange wilderness to me. oh, but there are some cool ones in Vienna as well
They got into the news for refusing service to cops. 👍
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This one *is* a co-op, and is also brand-new: https://www.phillymag.com/foobooz/2019/01/03/1149-cooperative-restaurant-philadelphia/ https://1149coop.com/
@tulsi Hasta Muerte Coffee in Oakland, CA
I went to two awesome anarchist run collective restaurant spaces in Istanbul. Komşu Kafe cafe (which I just discovered is shutting down next week which makes me want to cry https://www.facebook.com/events/802511410099769/) and the other one I cant remember what it was called but it was a anarchist restaurant and coffeeshop.
There are a ton of places in berlin and mexico too I have been to. If someone makes these all into a nice list I would look them up and add them.
@tulsi Well this thread blew up and that is awesome and should most definitely be turned into a page in the sunbeam wiki.
@liaizon Yeah I'll definitely write something up for it!
@tulsi My nearby city has a cooperative food store with a cafe. Does this count?
@tulsi It's called the George Stree Co-op in New Brunswick, NJ
@tulsi "la stella nera" pizzeria in berlin, germany for example.
@tulsi hihi, I really enjoy that you got many answers. nice!
The People's Potato in Montreal is not exactly a restaurant, but they serve pay-what-you-can vegetarian food in places including a university cafeteria
@tulsi not currently operating, but Green Lantern Eating Collective, in Madison WI. Ran from the 30s to the 80s, through the whole red scare (they burned membership records) but were nickle and dimed to death by the FBI.
@tulsi members paid monthly for unlimited access to hot lunch and dinner, nonmembers paid a small amount per meal.
@tulsi interestingly, the board at the time of founding was deliberately split into equal representation between stalinist anarchist, trotskyist, and one other thing... Ahh the old days.
@tulsi Lexington Coop (A market and restaurant), and BreadHive Cooperative. Both in Buffalo, NY.
Sunbeam City is a Libertarian Socialist solarpunk instance. It is ran democratically by a cooperative of like-minded individuals.