The organization

We provide a transformative experience through a 12-month paid post-release internship program for young men and women coming out of juvenile facilities.  They rotate through all aspects of the restaurant, focusing on life and social skills, coaching and development. We employ a case management staff, providing an ecosystem of support around our interns to help them achieve their greatest potential.

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THE RESTAURANT

Welcome to our classroom. We proudly serve fresh, locally sourced, sophisticated American cuisine in the heart of downtown Dallas. Each and every meal is prepared and served to you by our award-winning team of chefs and the young men and women involved in our program. By dining at Café Momentum, you provide hope, confidence, and motivation – encouraging our interns to achieve their greatest potential.

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A NEW EXPERIENCE

Café Momentum was created in 2011 with monthly Pop-Up dinners featuring local celebrated chefs in highly rated local restaurants. Today, we continue that tradition with seasonal menus and specials as well as quarterly events to showcase our interns and our mission.

SUNDAY SUPPER CONCERT SERIES

Every month through November of 2018, we will have an intimate acoustic evening with a new artist at Cafe Momentum. Artists to include; Griffin House, The Sweet Remains, Chely Wright and many many more. Join us for a show or join us for a season.

Our next supper and concert is Sunday, April 22 featuring musical guest, Charlie Mars.

The evening will include a family-style feast inspired by Charlie, with complimentary beer, wine and bubbly, followed by an incredible performance by Charlie Mars.

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LOCATION AND HOURS

1510 Pacific Avenue at Akard across from Thanks-Giving Square

Open Thursday – Saturday 5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Complimentary Valet Parking

DART: Nearest DART stop is Akard Station.

LATEST NEWS

Christian Science Monitor

Chad Houser cooked up a café to give young offenders a second chance. At Café Momentum in Dallas former juvenile [...]

Associated Press

Dishing Out Life Lessons to Troubled Youth – Associated Press A Dallas chef says the way to help troubled teenage [...]

OUR MISSION IN ACTION

Since inception of Café Momentum in 2011 and our restaurant doors opening in January 2015, nearly 400 at-risk youth have been involved with Café Momentum. While serving more than 15,000 diners, these young men and women have acquired professional, transferable job skills within the restaurant business while bonding with case managers – gaining self-confidence and hope – and the knowledge that success is attainable.

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SUPPORT OUR WORK

Café Momentum is a non-profit organization and we rely on the generous support of our community and donors to provide a personal and professional experience for our interns. With your help, we are able to surround our interns with an ecosystem of support to address their many and varying needs, while providing them professional skills and training to achieve their greatest potential.

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