San Diego Business Journal

Father Joe’s Villages Reopens Downtown Restaurant

By Lou Hirsh Monday, April 9, 2012

Father Joe’s Villages has reopened Pierre’s Café, a downtown San Diego restaurant that raises funds to aid homeless teens, according to an April 2 statement from the nonprofit organization.

The lunch restaurant is at 1404 Fifth Ave., near Ash Street, with revenue supporting homeless teen residents of the Toussaint Academy San Diego, which has partnered with Father Joe’s since 1992 to serve homeless and at-risk youth.

The restaurant originally opened in 2007 but closed in spring 2010 due to budgetary constraints. It is now open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, with a bookstore, catering services and free Wi-Fi access in addition to the sit-down eatery.

The menu includes pizza, soups, salads and sandwiches, and there is a full-service coffee bar. Restaurant internships will be provided for homeless adults who are students of the Culinary Arts Program at Father Joe’s Villages’ St. Vincent de Paul Village, as well as homeless teens living and studying at the Toussaint Academy, the statement said.

Pierre’s Café is named after Pierre Toussaint, a former Haitian slave who became a noted hairdresser and used his wealth to help the needy in New York City and other communities.