Charity restaurant closes doors

By Corene Brisendine

Local, a restaurant geared toward charity, has closed its doors.

“Last year, even though we donated over $20,000 to charities, the losses far exceeded what was needed to keep the restaurant open,” said Dave Dreiling, owner of Local and founder of GTM Sportswear, in explaining the closure decision.

Dreiling said everyone he talked to about it “really liked the concept,” but when the cost to keep it open was three- to four-times what the restaurant was making, he would have preferred to give all of it to charity.

He said there wasn’t any one particular factor that kept the restaurant from being sustainable, describing the lunch service as always busy, but the dinner service as often slow.

Local opened almost a year ago as a non-profit restaurant at 3011 Anderson Ave., next to Ray’s Apple Mart in the Village Plaza Shopping Center. The restaurant was designed to give all profits to local charities, including religious, fraternal and school organizations.

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