Tricklebee Cafe is a new restaurant, run by Rev. Christie Melby-Gibbons, that follows the pay-what-you-can (PWYC) philosophy as a member of the One World Everybody Eats organization. In a PWYC business, a sliding scale of prices for products or services allows for people who are better off to pay higher prices to cover for lower prices paid for by those with lower income.
88.9 RadioMilwaukee featured the cafe in a This Bites feature, and Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service has a story about the Cafe that talks about how the restaurant will operate - for example suggested donations for meals are between $5.69 and $6.46 with the lower end covering the costs and the upper end providing the extra needed to sustain the business and organization. Patrons can even volunteer in exchange for meals, the very act of volunteering also providing experience that may help them get a job elsewhere.
Tricklebee Café's mission is to be 'a pay-what-you-can community cafe that offers healthy meals, food-service training, and spiritual nourishment' and was founded by its owners to be place for people in the greater Washington Park area of Milwaukee to gather and enjoy delicious, nutritious, local, creatively-prepared food and drink. One way they will do this is by paying the same, living wage of $14.35 to all employees: including management.
Besides being a restaurant, the Cafe seeks to be a cornerstone of the community offering space for groups to meet, activities for children such as a play-kitchen, and of course there is the volunteer aspect. Besides volunteering for meals they need volunteers for all aspects of running the cafe.
We welcome Tricklebee Cafe to Milwaukee and hope they will be success and an inspiration to similar PWYC businesses.