Posts Tagged ‘John Jarecki’

What Gives? Why D.C.’s First “Philanthropub” Hasn’t Made the Profits It Hopes to Give Away

Raj Ratwani and Nick Vilelle knew from the beginning that there’d be skeptics. Not only did they have zero restaurant or bar experience when they opened their Shaw “philanthropub” Cause last October, but they also planned to do something unheard of in the hospitality industry: give away all the profits. On the surface, Cause operates like […]

Charity Case: Can a Restaurant That Gives All Its Profits Away Succeed in D.C.?

Not many restaurant opening parties kick off with a PowerPoint presentation. But during last week’s debut of the  U Street NW corridor “philanthropub” Cause, founders Nick Vilelle and Raj Ratwani stood before the crowd in suits with microphones in hand. “I never thought I’d be using graphs in a bar,” Ratwani told about 50 people. […]

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