Chad Houser is practically giddy when he tells people his “momentum” is back.

His restaurant, Café Momentum, closed since March 15 because of the pandemic, reopened last month.

The café’s student-employees — many of whom are at-risk youth — are back serving the restaurant’s customers, and continuing to prepare for industry opportunities.

Houser, a longtime restaurateur, opened Café Momentum in Dallas in 2011. With assistance from angel investors and donations from the community, he started it as a way to help disenfranchised youth who had dropped out of school, were unemployed, or headed for potential trouble with the law…


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