Dallas Restaurant plans to expand with Super Bowl trip – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Since opening in 2015, Café Momentum has become well known on the Dallas dining scene, not only for its farm-fresh dishes, but also for the young men and women who serve it.

“My probation officer referred me. Honestly, this place was just to come here and get a paycheck,” Jedarrian Jones said.

It was in 2016.

A year later, after graduating from the post-release internship program designed for children coming out of juvenile detention, Jones went on to work at other downtown restaurants.

“This place showed me that I had the potential. I had people supporting me, letting me know that I could do so much more,” he said.

Now 21, he is back at Café Momentum with his team and working as an ambassador for a program that hopes to expand the model to other cities.

Next week, he and others will travel to Los Angeles, just in time for the Super Bowl.

“On Wednesday, we start training 10 local youth involved in justice out of LA County, and then they’ll cook and serve a pop-up dinner for 100 guests on Friday night,” Olivia Cole said.

Cole is director of marketing for Momentum Advisory Collective, the nonprofit’s expansion arm.

After serving more than 1,000 children in Dallas not only through employment but also through education, community and mental health wellness, Cole said they hope to expand the Café Momentum model to 25 other cities over 10 years.

Exposure to the big game could be a game-changer.

“If we can take opportunities like this at the Super Bowl to bring that conversation to the forefront of things that are broken and things that we can actively fix and change, we can support more young people and hopefully the prevent it from going into a cycle of incarceration,” Cole said.

With Café Momentum slated to open in Pittsburgh and Nashville this year, it’s just the beginning of the change this team hopes to inspire.

“I feel like every kid needs that support and that love to be able to be themselves,” Jones said. Café Momentum will be heading to the Super Bowl in partnership with the Stand Together Foundation and the Players Coalition.

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