Philly restaurant lets you pay what your wallet allows

Nov 30, 2017, 3:02 AM EST

EAT (Everyone on the Table) is a special restaurant in West Philadelphia that lets its customers pay what they can afford, a model spawned by a widening gap between those who splurge on high-end cuisines at upscale spots and those who queue in long lines for soup kitchens.

Mariana Chilton, who heads Drexel's Center for Hunger-Free Communities, hit on the simple idea that asks diners to pay suggested $15 for a three-course meal, or pay more or pay whatever they can for quality dining experience, writes Mental Floss.

A little mathematics reveals that the venture could actually make profit if 80 percent customers pay or over-pay, while subsidizing the bills for rest 20 percent. The restaurant shouldn’t be mistaken for one of those cafés run in church basements, as it’s a place where people from all social strata mingle and savor dignified meals experience, notes The Inquirer.