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.

The Food Truck

Ruthie’s Fueled by Café Momentum provides fellowship opportunities for individuals leaving the Café Momentum program. As a part of their training, Fellows will work on the Ruthie’s food truck and have the opportunity to become change agents in their own communities through Ruthie’s
Snacks of Kindness.


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.


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.

Cafe Momentum's Sunday Supper Concert Series: The Songs of Baseball and More with Dan Navarro and Dan Bern

Is your Sunday night missing something? Possibly an intimate acoustic show and an amazing dinner prepared by the Cafe Momentum Chefs and Interns?

Join us  for an intimate, family-style dinner and show with a new artist every month. Ticket prices include a three-course dinner, live musical performances, and complimentary wine, beer and bubbly! Artists to include; Ryan Montbleau, Seth Walker Trio, Bonnie Bishop, and many more! We’d love to have you.


Our next concert is The Songs of Baseball and More with Dan Navarro and Dan Bern, Sunday, October 6th. Vanessa Peters is the special guest.

Thank you for your generous support, we hope to see you each month!




 Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Email us at or call us at (214)-303-1234


1510 Pacific Avenue at Akard across from Thanks-Giving Square

Open Thursday – Saturday 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Complimentary Valet Parking

DART: Nearest DART stop is Akard Station.

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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.



By making a $5,000 gift, you have the opportunity to join the Momentum Society.

Every dollar goes farther on North Texas Giving Day

Café Momentum, a Dallas-based restaurant and culinary training facility, transforms young lives by equipping our community's most at-risk youth with life skills, education, and employment opportunities to help them achieve their full potential. Donate at and Café Momentum Board Members will match every dollar donated to Café Momentum, up to $50,000.