The Robin Hood of Restaurants Is Opening on State Street

The restaurant at the base of Amazon’s office at State and Carrillo will be the first outpost outside L.A. of Everytable, a chain with the noble mission of “making nutritious, fresh food affordable to all.” To achieve that, it charges more in well-off areas to subsidize meals in poorer communities.

Everytable’s business model drastically reduces the costs of the standard restaurant model. […] From start to finish, everything is designed to be super-efficient, and the savings are reflected in our prices.

We have locations in food deserts, underserved communities with little or no access to healthy food, and in affluent areas. To ensure that everyone can afford our meals, we price them according to the neighborhoods we serve. Every meal you purchase helps us open up locations in food deserts around L.A.

Everytable’s cost to produce a dish is $4.50, which it then sells for $5 in food deserts and $8 in affluent communities. (We can assume downtown Santa Barbara is considered the latter.) All of which is truly wonderful. But the food is standard office-district fare: salads, bowls, and wraps, heavy on sliced or diced chicken breast. (The menu is here, or check out a few screenshots below.) It sounds handy for workers at Amazon and nearby offices, but probably less of a draw for the rest of us.


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