Posts Tagged ‘Nick Vilelle’

Cause “Philanthropub” Closes in Shaw

Cause "philanthropub"—the restaurant and bar that aimed to give all its profits to charity—has closed. Co-founder Nick Vilelle explains that the restaurant wasn't making any profits, which meant no contributions to charity, and it wasn't worth keeping the place open if it couldn't achieve its mission. "It's a tough industry, and we knew that going […]

Cause “Philanthropub” Will Close Temporarily for Repairs

In this week's print column, Y&H took a look at how Cause "philanthropub," the Shaw bar and restaurant that's pledged to give all its money to charity, hasn't yet earned any profits to give. Then, yesterday, blog Barred in DC reported  that the restaurant is closing—but co-owner Raj Ratwani tells Y&H it's just closing temporarily for […]

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 […]

Cause “Philanthropub” Lost Nearly $9,000 the First Quarter, But Still Gave to Charity

Cause, the Shaw bar and restaurant whose goal is to give all its profits to charity, initially planned to release information about its income and expenses every quarter. The unprecedented level of disclosure was meant to satisfy critics who might think the founders are taking big salaries or using charity as a gimmick. While Cause is […]

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. […]