A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne
K. Young, Associate Editor.
I make my way down three chilly blocks to an old diner on Commercial
Street. I am meeting a new friend for lunch. I've never been here before:
this is not my part of town. And so I arrive early, to sit in an old wooden
booth and learn what I can about the place.
They call it Katie's Kitchen. One hundred years ago, it was a bar. The
barstools remain, but through community donations, it's now a respectable
restaurant. The hostess, cashier, and waiters are residents of a nearby hotel
for the transient and unemployed and work here to gain dignity and job skills.
Both the hotel and restaurant are run by Sister L, a nun with a heart and
a great deal of business sense.
Ellis MR. Diner on Commercial Street. JAMA. 2004;291(12):1424. doi:10.1001/jama.291.12.1424