On Thursday, March 30, 4:30-7 p.m., 12 students from the Interfaith Outreach Neighborhood Program will have the keys to the popular Hamel restaurant Peg’s Countryside Cafe. Participating students plan, organize and manage the entire restaurant for a night and then donate their profits to a nonprofit organization. The teens learn skills such as teamwork, goal setting and accountability in order to solve real-world problems like paying back a loan and writing and carrying out a business plan.
“…Graft’s Grill is hopefully just the start of a lifelong love of learning and hard work for these kids,” said LaDonna Hoy, executive director of Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners.
Graft’s Grill Goes Sporty is a community partnership between Wayzata Public Schools, Peg’s Countryside Café and Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners that helps young people gain job skills, discover their personal passions and become career-ready through real-life experience of running a restaurant for the day. The program was started by and named after a beloved Wayzata school teacher, Suzanne Graft, who passed away in 2010.
How to Get Involved
Diners can reserve their spot at Graft’s Grill by signing up online. Seatings are in 45-minute intervals beginning at 4:30 p.m., with the last reservations taken at 6:45 p.m. All restaurant proceeds benefit Minneapolis Crisis Nursery where the youth volunteered recently. Spread the word to your friends through the Facebook event.