With leap of faith, restaurant takes prices off menu

BUSINESS was slow at “Just Cooking,” Dana Parris’s restaurant in a suburb of Charlotte. So Parris decided to allow her customers to decide how much to pay for their food, and put the bill “in the hands of her customers and God.” She explained:

“The way I could show I was giving God control was to give him control of the cash register.”

In the first week of decide-your-own-price, revenue at Just Cooking tripled.


4 thoughts on “With leap of faith, restaurant takes prices off menu

  1. With leap of faith !
    The politicians open up all the books ,broadcast live all the meetings ,took the doors off their offices and made public all the submissions and concerns sent in from the public and vested interest groups ,
    The majority claim to be “”GOD FEARING PEOPLE”” and they do claim their doing the right things .


  2. There are a number of cafes here who participate in the ‘suspended coffee’ scheme. It can go beyond coffee, too.

    “Some more people enter. Two girls ask for one coffee each, pay and go. The next order was for seven coffees and it was made by three lawyers: three for them and four ‘suspended’.

    While I still wonder what’s the deal with those ‘suspended’ coffees, I enjoy the sunny weather and the beautiful view towards the square in front of the cafe.
    Suddenly a man dressed in shabby clothes who looks like a beggar comes in through the door and kindly asks: ‘Do you have a suspended coffee?’

    It’s simple… people pay in advance for a coffee meant for someone who cannot afford a warm beverage. It is generally an anonymous act of charity.

    In some places, you can not only order a coffee, but also a sandwich or a full meal. This can enable homeless people to have something a bit more nutritious. It doesn’t have to be expansive, and can go from $1 to $13.”

    To me that’s the Holy Spirit at work, if you like!


    • I like it.

      You’d have to trust that the cafe doesn’t just pocket the money – on the flip side if you don’t have any suspended meals paid for and yet a beggar comes to ask, the cafe would probably feel the need to give away a meal/coffee for free so as not to look like they are doing the wrong thing.

      All in all though I think it probably works out and it’s good to know that people who are desolate and unable to care for themselves on the streets often due to mental illness, have another outlet of care.


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