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Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness—at the table. That sums up our mission at FOODWORKS and the work we and our restaurant partners do in Philadelphia. History runs deep here, so it should come as no surprise that the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed, are the city’s top attractions. Add to that the museums, churches, government buildings and houses that make up the so-called “most historic square mile in America,” plus new development projects that are transforming Philly’s skyline, from high-rises to green spaces and mixed-use retail experiences, and it’s clear that the heart of this old city thrums as strong as ever.
Speaking of heart, here’s one way to show the City of Brotherly Love some love: by eating out! You can’t visit Philly without trying the iconic cheesesteak, a FOODWORKS fave (try eating just one). But you can and should enjoy so many more of the city’s culinary delights. Philadelphia’s rich and varied dining scene is one that locals and we at FOODWORKS never tire of exploring. Nestled across downtown and throughout its character-filled neighborhoods are historic markets, hipster startups and venerable restaurants that have been around seemingly forever, the kind of places FOODWORKS fans talk about and make it a point to return to again and again. The city’s close-knit network of chefs who support each other like family only adds to its appeal.
“FOODWORKS struck us as an interesting concept because we’ve been trying to grow for so many years now. People ask us all the time about opening up another location, but the timing hasn’t worked out. So when FOODWORKS presented this to us, I was like, ‘Wow, we can go into these different locations and serve our food without having to open an actual store.’”
“For FOODWORKS to reach out to us and offer us this opportunity as a small business, to come into their cafes and be a part of what’s going on with downtown Detroit, that's been a blessing.”
“FOODWORKS is great to work with. They make it very easy, from setting up to payment. It’s just a no-brainer, and Shannon [Kubina, general manager for FOODWORKS in Detroit] is amazing to work with.”
“Outside of the additional revenue, FOODWORKS has given us marketing exposure. We've gotten catering opportunities from just one week of doing a pop-up. That's exactly the exposure I was looking for in our second year of being open.”
“FOODWORKS has an expansive network, so we try to go to as many locations as possible. You’re able to reach a different base of people, which is always great for business.”
“With FOODWORKS, we saw an opportunity to work in a professional kitchen with professional chefs. It’s about learning every aspect of the food industry, and it’s helped us better serve our customers’ needs at our food truck.”
“You’ve gotta generate buzz. You’ve gotta get people genuinely excited about what you’re doing, and that’s what FOODWORKS does. They’re all about bringing local flavor to downtown Detroit.”
“FOODWORKS has been the perfect opportunity for us, especially in the summertime. Normally, restaurants in Arizona drop 10 to 15 percent in business due to the heat, but we haven’t had that this year at all… I sell out of my signature Crispy Garlic Chicken every time. It doesn’t matter how much I bring. And I can see sales of that dish increase at my restaurant.”
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Local businesses form the soul of the FOODWORKS mission—and so many of our communities.
Now more than ever, we are absolutely committed to supporting the small businesses that form the backbones of our cities—and we hope you join us in our cause. If you are comfortable and able, please order delivery or carryout from your favorite small restaurants, buy a gift card for a future date or even buy a piece of merch.
We understand that many people are experiencing economic changes right now, but we appreciate any contributions you can make to your community during these challenging times. To the FOODWORKS family, we're in this together.