Believed to be unique in the North East, the charity-funded, not-for-profit restaurant is being run by experienced catering professionals who are mentoring a number of trainees looking for a second chance in life.
Two former offenders are among the restaurant’s first recruits, including a Redcar teenager whose job as a kitchen porter is his first ever employment after serving a year in prison.
Andy Preston, chair and founder of the charity behind the project told Premier “The Fork in the Road is dedicated to serving fantastic food but, even more importantly, changing lives.”
The Fork in the Road is based on Middlesbrough’s Linthorpe Road, in previously derelict premises once occupied by popular toy shop, Romer Parrish, opposite the town’s booming Baker Street and Bedford Street regeneration zone.
The restaurant will be the first on Teesside to have a “no tips” policy, with customers instead being charged a slight premium on food to allow the restaurant to pay staff a higher wage.
Any profits the restaurant makes will also be used solely for the benefit of Teesside’s most vulnerable.
The Fork in the Road is being funded by my Middlesbrough-based national charity CEO Sleepout and Public Health England.
Click below to hear Premier’s Northern Correspondent Ian Britton in conversation with Andy Preston, the man behind The Fork in the Road Restaurant.
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