City Fresh Foods – Boston, MA

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Industry: Food and Beverage Location: Boston, Massachusetts Number of employees: 150 Became employee owned: 2020 Assistance: Upside Down Consulting  From the company https://cityfresh.com/ Learn more Boston Globe – Fast-growing City Fresh Foods sells a minority stake to its employees (2021) Bay State Banner – City Fresh Foods looks to give employees an ownership stake (2020) […]

Amy’s Place – Buffalo, NY

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Location: Buffalo, New York Industry: Food and Beverage Number of employees: Became employee owned: In Process From the company https://www.amysplacebuffalo.com/ Learn more Buffalo News – Amy’s Place to return with new ownership structure, beer and wine (2020) Buffalo Business First – Two reopenings bring back comfort food and Latin-inspired sandwiches (2020)   Employee Owned Small […]

Slow Bloom Coffee Cooperative – Redlands, CA

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Industry: Food and Beverage Location: Redlands, California Number of employees: 20 Became employee owned: 2020 From the company https://slowbloomcoffee.com/ https://www.instagram.com/slowbloomcoffee/ Kickstarter – Slow Bloom Coffee Cooperative: Building a Coffee Roastery (2020) Learn more Daily Coffee News – National Labor Relations Board Files Complaint Against Augie’s Coffee (December 2020) Redlands Community News – Augie’s Coffee shops […]

Taharka Brothers- Baltimore, MD

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Industry: Food and Beverage Location: Baltimore,  Maryland Number of employees: 6 Became employee owned: 2020 From the company http://www.taharkabrothers.com/ Taharka Brothers – Change of Ownership Ceremony (video) (2020) Learn more The Working World – Taharka Brothers BRED – Taharka Brothers Next City – Baltimore is Democratizing the Economy, One Pint at a Time (2020) Baltimore […]

Joe Squared – Baltimore, MD

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Industry: Food and Beverage Location: Baltimore,  Maryland Number of employees: Became employee owned: in process From the company https://www.joesquared.com/ Joe Squared – Joe Squared To Reopen As Worker-owned Cooperative In December (2020) Learn more Baltimore Sun – Can beloved Baltimore pizza place Joe Squared be a model for the flagging restaurant industry? (2020) Baltimore Sun […]

Phoenix Coffee – Cleveland, OH

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Industry: Food and Beverage Location: Cleveland, Ohio Number of employees: 37 Became employee owned: 2020 Assistance from: Fund for Employee Ownership From the company https://phoenixcoffee.com/ Learn more Cleveland Scene – How Employee Ownership Helped Phoenix Coffee Survive Covid-19 (2020) Impact Alpha – Evergreen fund helps Ohio coffee chain transition to worker ownership (2020) Cleveland Scene – With […]

ChiFresh Kitchen – Chicago, IL

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Industry: Food and Beverage Location: Chicago, Illinois Number of employees: 6 Became employee owned: 2020 Assistance: Upside Down Consulting From the company https://www.chifreshkitchen.com/ GoFundMe –  ChiFresh Kitchen Co-op — feeding our community Upside Down Consulting – ChiFresh Kitchen Overview Learn more Block Club – Co-Op Owned By Formerly Incarcerated Black Women Wins Grant To Bring More Healthy […]

Burial Grounds Collective – Olympia, WA

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Industry: Food and Beverage Location: Olympia, Washington Number of employees: 6 Became employee owned: 2019 Assistance from: Northwest Cooperative Development Center Learn more burialgroundscoffee.com Barista Magazine – Burial Grounds’ Journey to Collectivizing (2020) Parallel University – Conversation with Colin Bartlett (Audio) (2019)  The Workers Paradise – Burial Grounds: Rising Up (2019) Go Fund Me – Burial Grounds […]

Le Voyeur – Olympia, WA

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Industry: Food and Beverage Location: Olympia, Washington Number of employees: 6 Became employee owned: 2019 Assistance from: Northwest Cooperative Development Center Learn more voyeurolympia.com The Worker’s Paradise –  Le Voyeur The Next Generation (2019) Works in Progress – Olympia’s co-op businesses create economic justice and opportunity (2019) Le Voyeur – Cooperative Grand Re-opening (2019)   […]

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Star Tribune – Chew on this: Hell’s Kitchen owners sell their restaurant to employees

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From the Star Tribune Hell’s Kitchen, the Minneapolis restaurant known for irreverent marketing, a 35-foot Bloody Mary bar and lemon-ricotta pancakes, will soon stand out for something else: employee ownership. On Wednesday, owners Cynthia Gerdes and Steve Meyer closed the restaurant after lunch for a staff meeting, where they told more than 100 employees they […]