DC's "philanthropub" Cause closes after 14 months of operating losses; harbinger for recent trend of "nonprofit" bars?
"Business started off well enough. The community helped raise $23,000 for bar stools and tables on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo. Steven Colbert mentioned the restaurant on his television show, and there was a write-up in the New York Times. Area organizations and nonprofit groups booked happy hours and holiday parties. There were weeks early on when the restaurant turned a profit. But even though Cause racked up $220,000 in sales during the first three months of last year, it posted a loss of $8,746 that quarter. The restaurant also struggled to attract the steady stream of locals its owners had hoped for." -- Abha Bhattarai, the Washington Post