The next step in our story of growth is the establishment The Two Wolves: Community Cantina. A volunteer-driven social enterprise eatery & bar, it is a social hub for young people to enjoy good food, find community and share meaning.
Upon entering the venue through a Melbourne-style laneway, customers find themselves immersed in an eclectic and inspired experience, themed to the countries supported by The Cardoner Project. This allows for an awareness and understanding of the overseas works to which they are contributing.
Who We Are
The planning, establishment and management of the venue has been overseen by a team of industry leaders donating their time and expertise. Combining
over 55 years of restaurant and commercial expertise with a background in hospitality and humanitarian work, this multi-dimensional team consists of:
FR. DAVID BRAITHWAITE, SJ
FOUNDER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND CEO, THE CARDONER PROJECT
Fr. David Braithwaite, SJ runs young-adult ministries for the Jesuits in Australia. Having established The Cardoner Project, Father David knows how to engage young people in a positive mission for the disadvantaged, while integrating faith and reflective transformation. He is passionate
about encouraging young people to have hope in a more faith-filled and just future.
Owner and Director of The Sydney Collective, Fraser Short has over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, having owned and managed more than 15 venues to date. Fraser currently operates four highly
successful venues in Sydney, and has been recognised by the Australian Bar Association as ‘Pub Operator of the Year (‘14)’ and for ‘Outstanding Contribution in Hospitality.’
INTERIOR DESIGNER AND HOTELIER
Michael Delany-Korabelnikova is a multi-award winning creative director,
interior designer and club owner whose venues have won accolades
such as ‘Bartender Nightclub of the Year’ and listed in the ‘Top
Ten Nightclubs in the Universe’ by prestigious American magazine ‘V’.
Michael was voted tenth place in Bartender Magazine’s ‘Most Influential
Person in Australian Hospitality Award’ in 2009, and fifth place in 2011.
Michael has also designed a number of award-winning Sydney hotels.
An St Aloysius’ Old Boy, Michael is the Managing Director of architect agency, Nettletontribe. Michael is passionate about designing places with positive social, sustainable and community outcomes. He has over 30 years of experience, designing projects of note that include the Australia Institute of Architects (AIA) award-winning Lifestyle Working in Brookvale, and the Stable Property Group developments in Melbourne.
THE HON. NICK GREINER, AC
CHAIRMAN, THE CARDONER PROJECT
Former Premier and Treasurer of New South Wales, Nick Greiner
currently serves as Chairman of Opportunity Cambodia, the
Primary Ethics Future Trust Board, the Harvard Business School Asia-Pacific Advisory Board, among other large listed companies. He was
awarded ‘Companion of the Order of Australia’ for his services to the
community and for public sector reform and management.
Ben Sweeten is the director and owner of several successful cafes
in Sydney, including the Rose Bay Diner and the Kansas City Shuffle,
and was the founder and previous owner of the popular Joe Black Café in Surry Hills.
EXECUTIVE CHARIMAN, COCO REPUBLIC
Paul has enjoyed a successful career in furniture and interior design, and more recently the Coco Republic Design School. The school is a place of creativity, inspiration and discovery where students learn from the real-life experiences and the success of its mentors, an ideal approach for our bar and restaurant to follow.
As a social enterprise, The Two Wolves: Community Cantina supports global partner organisations working on the ground with disadvantaged communities through its restaurant operations:
HUAY TONG, NORTHERN THAILAND
Since 2012 The Cardoner Project has placed young Australian volunteers in primary schools in the Mae Win mountainous district towards the border with Myanmar. Each year several short-term immersion groups travel there to work on building and education projects. There are currently nine volunteers working in village schools as English teachers. They are an important part of the Arrupe Education Project, run by Fr. Vinai Boonlue SJ and the Chiang Mai Jesuits, which aims to improve the educational outcomes of the tribal Karen and Hmong children in the mountains. By partnering with lieratu. com and World Numeracy, we are trialling the use of software and tablets to improve the children’s access to quality education.
It takes several days of arduous trekking to reach this small village in the Himalayas where the Jesuits have an under- resourced parish. Fr. Braithwaite recently led a trek of 14 university students there to identify ways of building solidarity and offering support for them. The Cardoner Project will actively support an early childhood intervention programme that seeks to improve the nutrition and education of pre-school children relieving their mothers of the need to care for them while they work in the fields.
SAINT VINCENT DIEM ORPHANAGE FOR DISABLED CHILDREN IN HUONG PHUONG, CENTRAL THAILAND
Since 2010 The Cardoner Project has supported the Sisters and the children in this very special and loving place. Over the years the Sisters have invested in a chicken farm and a water filtration and bottling business to improve the lives of the 80 children for whom they care. We have provided them with seed funding to help establish and grow these businesses. Each year immersion groups visit the orphanage to work and learn.
The Eatery & Bar and its Workers
Located on the ground floor of Jesuit House in the heart of the Broadway university precinct, The Two Wolves: Community Cantina, is run by a team of university student volunteers. They are mentored by an experienced management team, and deliver a service marked by youthful energy, warmth and generosity.
These young people, and their friends, will be the working face and lifeblood of the restaurant. The Cardoner Project has conducted extensive research and analysis related to launching our social enterprise, including youth market and location demographics and trends, and an organisation environmental scan to inform our planning and the development of the business plan (available on request).
STRENGTHS OF THE BAR AND RESTAURANT INCLUDE:
- the space is provided to the bar and restaurant rent free, maximising cash-flow;
- a leading team of established advisors;
- wages are dramatically reduced through the use of volunteer supporters;
- a vibrant, young team of 60+ volunteers who will attract their peers;
- availability of government support to conduct training courses;
- the appeal of a social enterprise intent that differentiates it from competitors;
- unique performance and exhibition space;
- high pedestrian traffic, and a strong university market from four neighbouring institutions;
- dynamic and holistic stakeholder expertise.
Once the restaurant is launched and established, we will move to the next phase (late 2015) of our plan to train long- term unemployed young people on-site. We will seek to place them in employment in other venues if they desire.
Our plan is to replicate the Sydney restaurant in Melbourne, and in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and eventually in other centres where we have partners within The Jesuit Network.
Our social enterprise will be marketed through a strategic mix of social media, content marketing across YouTube and Tumblr, digital outreach campaigns, brand outreach initiatives, university experiential promotion, the leverage of word-of- mouth from young Old Boys’ peer groups, and access to extensive Jesuit databases.
Our young people have begun filming a video to be used for crowd funding purposes. Development of branding and a website has also commenced and social media channels are active.
There will be a strong public relations campaign to coincide with the launch that leverages the high profile of investors and sponsors and connects with media from the angle of social activism and positive youth culture. Media exposure will be targeted at local and statewide publications, and strong media interest has already been indicated.
The restaurant will be supported by a strong marketing structure that ensures the bar and restaurant will remain relevant to its target group. The flexibility of the space to host large-scale parties and private functions, particularly 21st Birthday parties, contributes to the adaptable use of the venue.
The high pedestrian traffic of the university precinct will be used to advantage for guerrilla marketing campaigns at Jesuit House at key times to encourage public attention, creative signage of the venue, and ultimately the vibe and atmosphere of a student-run, safe, social hang out.
Our goal is to launch this state-of-the-art bar and restaurant, and provide high-quality volunteer training programmes, by September 2015. To realise this aspiration, we require $1 million in capital sponsorships.
All surplus fundraising will be reinvested into initiatives addressing social and economic exclusion and projects for communities in need.
We are interested in leveraging this resource to create meaningful relationships between our sponsors and our networks. This has already commenced with a number of brands interacting with us across digital and social mediums. Recent collaborations have included placing sponsor posters and collateral in our venue during functions, and creating content with our team that is published across our digital networks.
Although cash funding is of the highest need for refurbishments and resources, we would be happy to accept potential donations of technologies, furniture and other donations-in-kind.
The Cardoner Project welcomes discussions with our sponsors about how we can create value for them in mutual alignment with our ethos.