Café Gratitude is a small chain of restaurants serving vegetal (vegan) organic food. There are five locations in the Los Angeles area, Newport Beach, Venice, Larchmont Village, Beverly Hills, and Downtown Arts District. There are other sites in Kansas City, Missouri and San Diego. A fifth restaurant in Berkeley, California, closed in 2015 after 10 years of operation, and a restaurant in San Francisco, California, closed in 2011 after seven years of operation.
Except for the Kansas City location, Cafe Gratitude is majority-owned and managed by Love Serve Remember, LLC.
Café Gratitude is supposed to be run according to the principles of sacred commerce, as described in a book of the same name by Matthew and Terces Engelhart. It claims to integrate the intent and philosophy of dharma – right actions, good intentions, right speech – as a way of being connected to the mind.
Terces and Matthew Engelhart received a warm boost after the vegan community learned that they had chosen to raise and slaughter cattle on their private farm. The Engelharts themselves turned down an interview request, but Terces Engelhart’s son and Cafe Gratitude’s chief operating officer said that the dispute over Café Gratitude unfairly cast his mother and father-in-law as murderers. misleading animals.
Café Gratitude began as a small chain of organic herbal restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area, one in Berkeley and another in Santa Cruz. The East Bay Express newspaper in the August 5, 2009 article, “I’m upset and disappointed,” reported Cafe Gratitude’s policy of offering employees to participate in the Landmark Education Landmark Forum, which the company pays for half. Former employee Ash Ritter who was promoted to management later was demoted for not taking the Landmark Forum and was subsequently fired. Previous places have also included San Francisco, San Rafael, Healdsburg and inside whole foods of Oakland and Cupertino. They closed as a result of a complaint filed by employees.