Everybody eats here
Imagine a restaurant where you can eat a quality three-course meal for free, or, if you can afford to, you pay what you can. Then, imagine that the meals are created out of perfectly good food that would otherwise go to landfill, and served to you by volunteer wait-staff.
If you doubt that this could work, then take a look at Everybody Eats – a restaurant that’s setting up a permanent home in Onehunga.
Everybody Eats’ founder, Nick Loosley, is on a mission: he wants to reduce food waste, tackle food poverty, and create a space where everybody is welcome, no matter who you are or where you come from. His restaurants achieve this – they use food sourced from national Food Rescue charity Kiwi Harvest, and donated by Eastridge New World, turn it into restaurant-quality meals, and serve it to people from all walks of life, rich and poor.
He emphasises that the restaurants are for everyone, “They’re not only for the vulnerable and food insecure. We have plenty of paying customers who like the environmental and social elements to it.”
Nick founded the charity after working at Kiwi Harvest and seeing the good they do with rescued food. Since June 2017, he has been operating a weekly Monday night pop-up restaurant out of restaurant premises on Karangahape Road, serving meals to over 300 hundred people every week. In September 2018, Everybody Eats expanded to Avondale where they opened three nights a week. Now, after a successful crowdfunding campaign, they’ve moved from Avondale and opening up a five-night-a-week permanent restaurant in Onehunga at the end of September.
The former Bean There café at the top of Onehunga Mall will now be home to three ventures. Between the hours of 6am and 3pm, Monday to Sunday, a daytime café will be open called Onehunga Neighbourhood Eatery, ONE, run by Tom Howard. Separate to this, but using the same premises, Everybody Eats will take over the kitchen and serve food from Sunday through to Thursday between 6pm and 8pm. There will also be a office and meeting space available for hire.
Although this restaurant will have its own chef and manager, it will still largely rely on volunteers to wash dishes, wait on tables, and prepare food. If you have at least three hours a week to spare, and you’re keen to be part of this exciting initiative, register on everybodyeats.nz. Or follow Everybody Eats on Facebook or Instagram for updates.
(Nick and Tom at the Everybody Eats premises)