New gourmet cafe at Bethany Church
“A chef who once spent a year living under the Franklin Avenue bridge and a hard-charging minister who recently took over a struggling church have joined forces to redefine the soup kitchen.
Step No. 1: “We don’t call it a soup kitchen,” said the Rev. Mike Matson, pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. He prefers the term “community meal.” It’s not run like a soup kitchen, either. It’s run like a cafe, complete with servers who take orders and deliver the food.
…Called the Soup for You Cafe, it serves lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Diners pay whatever they feel is a fair price — or whatever they are able to.”