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> We’re open!

The DC Central Kitchen cafe at THEARC was thrilled to reopen this past month with a whole new breakfast and lunch menu.

DC Central Kitchen Cafe

DC Central Kitchen Cafe offers a variety of fresh salads, sandwiches, snacks, and coffees while providing hands-on job training to young adults.

Address: 1901 Mississippi Ave SE – East Building (on the campus of THEARC)

Hours: Monday – Friday | 8 am – 4 pm

The cafe will be closed on Labor Day (9/5).

View our cafe menu


Job training at the Cafe

Located on the campus of THEARC since 2019, DC Central Kitchen Cafe is more than a welcoming café serving delicious, locally-sourced options to our customers in Ward 8. The Cafe also provides hands-on culinary training and career readiness training to young adults ages 18-24 who disconnected from school and work. Our program offers nationally recognized credentials, on-the-job training, internships, case management, and ongoing career development services.


Thanks to the generous support of individual, foundation, corporate, and government partners, DC Central Kitchen pledges to meet 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students.


Learn more about our training program >

Contact Information

Andy Finke, Chief Operating Officer