~ originally published in the Journal of Business on Dec. 1, 2011 ~
One World Spokane, a nonprofit organization in Spokane, has closed the doors of its Green Sustainable Café, at 1804 E. Sprague.
Janice Raschko, director of One World Spokane, managed the café with her husband, Keith, who also was on One World’s board of directors. The café was in business for three years, and was run by the Raschkos and two other volunteers.
Keith Raschko owns the building in which the One World Spokane operated, and says the organization leased its 1,100-square-foot space from him.
The café acted as an organic community kitchen that made local organic food available to everyone who wanted it, Raschko says. Customers could either volunteer their time at the café to earn food vouchers, or “pay a fair and respectable price for the food they (ate) based on their personal circumstances,” according to One World Spokane’s website.
Since the café’s closure, Raschko describes One World Spokane as being “in a state of flux.” The Raschkos are looking for sponsors to keep the organization running. In the meantime, Raschko operates Checkerboard Tavern nearby and maintains property he owns.