Plates 2 Go Helps Local Women Get Back on Their Feet

platesBy Laura Braden, Amelia McLear, Jamie Romas and Amy Thoma

Another new restaurant joins the growing Midtown food scene: Plates2Go, a quick, take-out lunch spot located at 1725 L Street, held its soft opening yesterday.

The café features fresh, seasonal ingredients in their salads and sandwiches with most items $10 or less.

The cool thing about Plates2Go is that it’s the third employment training facility of St. John’s Shelter Program for Women and Children, the same folks who manage Plates Café at Depot Park.

We checked them out yesterday and were pleasantly surprised. The customer service is beyond amazing – all of the ladies took the time to double check our orders, crack jokes and ask how are day was. The menu is basic but fresh and delicious. They currently have six salad options: “create your own,” Organic Greens (from Feeding Crane Farms), Midtown Baby Spinach, CalMex Garden, Asian Chicken and Traditional Caesar. Their sandwich options currently include: Spicy Greek Veggie, Albacore Tuna Salad, Fresh Grilled Chicken Brest, Smoked Turkey BLT Club and Black Forest Ham & Brie.

Four St. John’s alumnae are managing Plates2Go. Ebony and Tamara are the back of the house managers, while Stephanie and Marva will head the front of the house. They also plan to expand and open a side patio to take advantage of Sacramento’s weather.

All of the women are graduates of St. John’s programs and have since acquired full-time jobs, allowing them to provide for their families. Ebony’s story was recently featured on St. John’s Facebook page, and it’s pretty amazing. Basically, she  lost her home and custody of five children and was in jail. Upon release, Ebony turned to St. John’s, which helped her obtain her GED, job-skills training and in the process, helped her realize her passion for cooking. She worked at a few other restaurants before being offered the full-time job of kitchen manager at Plates2Go.

Plates2Go will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will hold its official grand-opening on Tuesday, August 13th with speeches by elected officials and community leaders.  In the meantime, stop by Plates2Go and show these amazing local ladies some love!

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(L to R) Michele Steeb (CEO of the St. John’s Shelter), Amelia, Oliviar, Laura, Monica and Jamie

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