Homeless invited to dine

Charge the 'rich' to feed the poor: Madrid's Robin Hood homeless cafe 


Charity restaurant makes money from customers by day to offer homeless people a dignified dining experience by night 


A little before nine o’clock on Tuesday night, Antonio Gutiérrez found himself facing a welcome dilemma. Might he, a waitress asked, have room for a second helping of pudding?

Gutiérrez, who had already seen off a plate of pasta, a fish stew and a slice of cake, gave it some thought. The option would have been unremarkable for most diners, but for him, it was entirely novel – as was the cafe in which he was eating.

By day, the Robin Hood restaurant, which sits on a side street near the centre of Madrid, is a typical Spanish bar: coffee and croquetas, a fruit machine, cigarette machine, and a leg of ham dozing under a tea towel on the counter.

But at night, it transforms itself into a pioneering place where homeless people such as Gutiérrez, 40, from Extremadura, can dine, free of charge, at tables set with flowers, metal cutlery and proper glasses.

Source: Guardian


Vocabulary:

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a fruit machine -

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a tea towel -

a counter -

pioneering (adj) -

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to set a table -

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a charity -

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takings (n) -

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a tablecloth -

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overall -

unemployment rate -

to prove successful -

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a priest -

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wealth (n) -

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a sword -

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Comments

brigida said…
In my opinion , it´s a good idea, a different way to do charity. This idea comes from a "famous" Priest called Padre Angel who runs a charity organization. I think he has pretty good ideas about how to "end" poorty!
Graham said…
Hi Brigida,

I agree. I think it is a lovely idea.


In my opinion , it´s a good idea, a different way to raise money for / do charity. This idea comes from a "famous" Priest called Padre Angel who runs a charity organization. I think he has pretty good ideas about how to "end" poverty!