MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- A new restaurant is open for business in Manhattan and it is donating 100% of its proceeds back to the community.
The eatery, called LOCAL, features a colorful and unique menu of salads, sandwiches, pizzas and more.
It opened May 19th and it is located in Plaza West at 3011 Anderson Avenue, next to Max Fitness.
LOCAL is donating all of its profits to the local area. By partnering with a new organization each month, LOCAL will be able to work alongside a variety of charitable programs and foundations within the community and donate profits directly to their cause. Over the course of a year, ten local charitable organizations will be selected to receive monthly profits from LOCAL. In the two remaining months, one in the spring and one in the fall, LOCAL will work with area schools and youth organizations that can sign up to receive a percentage of the sales for one evening.
Dave Dreiling, the owner of LOCAL, also owns GTM Sportswear in Manhattan. He says he profits from his other business ventures but LOCAL is his way of giving back to the community.
"We’re doing something for something greater than ourselves. It’s a higher cause for us," Dreiling said in an interview with 13 News.
LOCAL has secured a two-acre farm less than one half mile from the restaurant where fresh fruits and vegetables are grown to be incorporated into the menu. In addition to offering Kansas-fed beef, LOCAL will also depend upon area food vendors to provide the freshest ingredients that Manhattan and Kansas regional farmers have to offer.
"As much as possible, we’re sourcing all of our food locally. I have a two acre garden that I’m currently growing and so we want to be able to pick fresh vegetables daily," Dreiling told 13 News.
To assist in selecting the local charitable organizations featured each month, LOCAL is establishing an advisory board to serve as its non-profit selection committee. Organizations interested in requesting an application for consideration can email Kari Krier at email@example.com or call 785.537.8822 ext 1234 or go online at www.LocalFoodandFriends.com.
According to the owner, the restaurant hopes to donate between $5-$10,000 each month to a different charity. The Flint Hills Breadbasket is the first organization chosen to receive the proceeds from the eatery's first month in operation.
“We are very humbled honored to have been chosen to be the first charity to receive 100% of the monthly profits by LOCAL,” Maribeth Kieffer, Executive Director, Flint Hills Breadbasket, said “In the last ten months the Breadbasket has served over 10,157 more individuals compared to a year ago. As you can see, our need has increased significantly. We are very thankful for the support of LOCAL That kind of donation will help us serve so many more of the people that are in need in Manhattan, KS. We’ve increased our need by over a thousand every month since last August and finding ways to take care of everyone is a challenge and definitely this will help a lot.”
"We think this is going to be sustainable so instead of a one time donation, we think this is an entity that can give and give and give. And we also think that in other communities, there will be philanthropists and entrepreneurs that will step up and potentially replicate this model as well. I don’t see why we can have one of these in every community across America," Dave Dreiling added.
The restaurant is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Catering for everything from business lunches to casual events, including breakfasts, can be ordered through Adam Magette of HCI Hospitality at 785.341.4010.