Colors Restaurant: cooperative in the heart of New York

Worker cooperatives in the United States cover all sectors of activity and catering is no exception. The restaurant cooperative Colors, located in the city of New York, has shown how the crisis can be an opportunity.

24 May 2011

The worker cooperative Colors Restaurant was founded in 2006 by surviving workers from the World Trade Center tragedy that occurred on 11th September 2001.

The restaurant offers international cuisine based on locally produced ingredients. Being organized in the form of a cooperative means to the staff-owners that they have access to better working conditions, better salary and racial equality, together with an economically viable activity. Worker members come from more than a dozen countries.

The group is part of the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC), an organization that fights for fair working conditions for workers in the foodservice industry, and also launched campaigns to fight against exploitation of restaurant workers.

International Organisation of Industrial, Artisanal and
Service Producers' Cooperatives

Secretariat: C/O European Cooperative House - avenue Milcamps 105
1030 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 543 1033, fax: +32 2 543 1037
E-mail: cicopa[at]

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