The next step in our story of growth is the establishment of a social enterprise bar and restaurant. It will be a social hub for young people to meet and creatively engage in building a more just society and deepening their own spirituality.
Upon entering the space through a Melbourne-style laneway, customers will find themselves immersed in an eclectic and inspired experience, themed to the countries supported by The Cardoner Project. This will allow for an awareness and understanding of the overseas works to which they are contributing.
The planning, establishment and management of the bar and restaurant will be overseen by an experienced leadership team, working to create an environment run by young people for young people. This multi-dimensional team includes The Hon. Nick Greiner, Fraser Short, Ben Sweeten, Paul Spon-Smith, Michael Delaney and Michael Morgan, and combines over 55 years of restaurant experience and commercial know-how with a background in hospitality and humanitarian work to create a social enterprise unparalleled in the Sydney area.
As a not-for-profit social enterprise bar and restaurant, all surpluses will be sent to our partners and volunteers working on the ground with disadvantaged communities.
Our ability to generate funds to support our various projects will be leveraged by a vibrant, young team of 60+ volunteers who will be the working face and lifeblood of the restaurant.
Once established, the next phase of our plan is to train long-term unemployed young people, as well as other individuals from our partner organisations, on-site. We will then seek to place them in employment in other venues if they desire.
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 invite sponsorship in all means – whether it be cash funding or potential donations of technologies, furniture and other donations-in-kind.