The term ‘philanthropub’ sounds too good to be true. Beer for a good cause? Color me intrigued. I’d heard of pop-up shops selling chocolate for good deeds and other ‘do good’ food-related business models, but they weren’t located anywhere close to DC. When I read about new ‘philanthropub’ Cause opening in the District, I had to learn more.
Food. Drinks. Cause. Through the power of social networks, I was able to connect with Cause’s co-founder, organizational psychologist by trade, and former Peace Corps volunteer Nick Vilelle. Nick gave me the scoop on their business plan, described how the menu was devised, and provided juicy tidbits on their digs.
It’s worth noting that Cause isn’t some hole-in-the-wall, ‘tree hugging’ kind of place. If I were walking down U Street (a hip area in DC) on a Saturday night, I would never know this bar/restaurant had a do-good mission…although the name might give them away. Cause has a fabulous space, delicious food (with loads of vegetarian options!), and fun, creative drinks.
Here’s the skinny:
- Cause gives 100% of its profits to charity.
- Featured nonprofits rotate per quarter.
- Customers determine which charity they’d like to support.
- Sustainability and inspiration is woven throughout the entire business.
All photos author's own.