Changing lives with a side
The Daily Diner Frogtown, an exciting new take on the traditional, classic American Diner, is a lively and vibrant space reflective of the neighborhood and community in which we sit. Located in the Frogtown neighborhood of Saint Paul, we offer everyone’s tried and true favorites (yes, we’ve got a piece of pie with your name on it) along with inventive originals influenced by the flavors of our neighborhood.
But we are much more than a typical restaurant. Here, good food and good deeds go together like burgers and fries. As an outreach of the Union Gospel Mission, our little eatery not only serves the finest breakfast, lunch, and dinner along University Avenue, we also help those hungry for a fresh start as they transition out of homelessness.
The road to recovery starts in the kitchen
At the Union Gospel Mission, we are committed to providing food, shelter, spiritual support, and rehabilitative care to the hungry, homeless, addicted, and at-risk populations of the Twin Cities area. We have found that people caught in the cycle of homelessness often lack job skills, interpersonal skills, life skills, and support structures. To fully address the needs of homeless and struggling people in our community, we must overcome the obstacles that prevent people from being hired and keeping a job. As a continuation of our mission, we established the Our Daily Bread training program to operate in conjunction with our full-service restaurant, the Daily Diner in Frogtown, Saint Paul.
Utilizing the Our Daily Bread vocational-training program, the Union Gospel Mission teaches real-world food service skills to our students, equipping them with the tools necessary to work in the hospitality industry when they graduate. At the Daily Diner, our students learn time management, customer service, multitasking, and kitchen skills and practice these skills in a full-service restaurant setting, working side by side with professional hospitality staff. Mastering these skills will give our students the confidence and hope needed to permanently transition out of homelessness and into a life of self-sufficiency. As they learn to feed others, our students will gain the knowledge, courage, and strength to feed themselves for a lifetime.