Seward Cafe, USA

18 February 2014

The Seward Cafe is a restaurant, based in Minneapolis, in the USA, opened since 1974. It is the oldest collectively run business in the country. The aim of the collective owners of the Seward Cafe is to create a work environment that fosters respect, equality and mutual support between workers. This great aim of cooperation has been demonstrated when the nearby restaurant Hard Times Café had loaning $10,000 in 2007. The latter was founded in 1992, started by eight employees that decided to join each other and to form a new cooperative owned business that was become known for its warm ambiance, affordable prices, and large selection of vegetarian food. But, in 2007, started the problem: the Café was struggling through an extended closure due to repairs. Thanks to the support of Seward, the Hard Time Café was able to resist and to re-open in the same year with many improvements. This is a great example of cooperation among cooperatives. More information here:


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