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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

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

Our city needs DC Central Kitchen’s trademark blend of nutritious food and job training more than ever before. Starting today, an anonymous donor has pledged to match all gifts toward this project – up to $250,000!
Will you help us reach the last 10% of our goal with a gift today?
HELP Us bring the kitchen home!