Sometimes, I remember that lunch is only one meal. A few minutes to get away from the office & decompress before returning to the mind numbing order of the day. I generally don’t care what I have for lunch, because I’m often at work & don’t always have time to savor it. It doesn’t necessarily make a difference to me. But it isn’t always about me either.
I had passed Venice on Vine repeatedly, but never stopped by until today because I was up in the neighborhood for something else. I had looked into it before as a possible place for a quick slice, but never got around to visiting. I went in, hoping for a slice or two, but panicked when there was nothing on the heat pans ready to go. So, I instead ordered a meatball sub & went through a curious process in payment of using my debit card & PIN AND being asked to sign a receipt, when usually it’s one or the other.
The sub was good: I won’t rave about it, but it was served pretty quickly & was affordable ($6.50 for an 8”). What is most admirable about the place is its mission. Venice on Vine is under the umbrella of Power Inspires Progress, an area non-profit that helps those with “chronic barriers to employment” get job training in a real world environment. We live in an era where homelessness is far more prevalent than it should be, when people don’t always have the best track record in terms of education, or they’ve had other setbacks that have slowed their career trajectory. Helping a cause like that is worth a few minutes wait for a pretty decent sub.
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