Dine Out (or in) and Give Back

posted on February 16, 2021 by Amy Scott

**Note: At the time of publication COVID-19 is affecting operations of businesses, please review and plan ahead, as hours can change.***

Support Great Causes in Greensboro

Greensboro is home to over 500 restaurants and dining options. Did you know that some offer opportunities to those in need and charitable donations with each purchase? Check out these options below for some ways to fill your stomach and support Greensboro.

A Special Blend

A Special Blend is a coffee, pastry, and ice cream shop. It is also a registered a 501 (C) 3, Non-Profit Corporation that counts on donations to help with expenses and to expand its reach to employ adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities.  With the motto, "Community in a Cup," and a specialty drinks menu that offers beverages named after the area. Don't be surprised if there is a pop-up shop or a community meeting/ event. A Special Blend is truly special to Greensboro.

Hours: Monday - Saturday: 8am - 6pm,  Sunday: 10am - 4pm 

Address: 3900 W Market St, Greensboro, NC 27407

Phone: (336) 763-0205

The Historic Magnolia House

Step into history at The Historic Magnolia House; they are offering "Shoe Box Lunches. The lunch has items like Magnolia chicken and Bombay toast, Magnolia veggie wraps with two sides, and Magnolia hamburgers. With a purchase of a shoebox lunch, the proceeds go towards the "Magnolia House Foundation." The purpose of the foundation is to restore and maintain the structure and operation of the historic motel. When you pick up your shoebox lunch, you can also tour the house for free.

The Historic Magnolia House is a former "Green Book Hotel." In the 1950s & 60s, the house provided safe housing for some of the most well-known African Americans during segregation, such as James Brown, Ray Charles, Ike, and Tina Turner, Jackie Robinson, and many more.

Hours: Thursday- Saturday 11am-3pm 

Address: 442 Gorrell St, Greensboro, NC 27406

Phone: (336) 617-3382

A Sweet Success Bakery 

“A Sweet Success” is a program of Sanctuary House, a non-profit organization in Greensboro that started in 2008. The mission of Sanctuary House is to facilitate the recovery of adults with serious mental illness in Guilford County, so that they may achieve and sustain meaningful, satisfying roles and lives in the community. All proceeds for the baked goods sold go directly back into the programming at Sanctuary House. Click here to learn more about the Sanctuary House. Preorder made-from-scratch baked goods that are perfect for any special occasion or event. Place your orders online or over the phone.

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Pick-Ups Available by Appointment

Address: 1929-1941 New Garden Rd, Greensboro, NC 27410

Phone:(336) 215-8239

33 & Elm  

33 & Elm is a coffee shop in partnership with, The Industries for the Blind Incorporated. This coffee shop hires people who are visually impaired. They serve coffee from beans roasted from all over the world. They artfully prepare your lattes, toast your bagels and serve you an enchanting cup of tea.

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Address: 924 W Gate City Blvd, Greensboro, NC 27403

Phone: (504) 390-9008

Seafood Destiny 

Seafood Destiny offers boils and more, one of the ways they give back is with the menu item George Floyd Broil - it features: 2 snow crab clusters, 8 shrimp, two pieces of corn, turkey sausage, and potatoes. This broil is to honor George Floyd & Angelo Robinson, $1 of every plate order will go into a scholarship fund. Every August & January, one African-American male will receive this scholarship for college. 

Hours: Wednesday-Sunday

Address: 4705 W Gate City Blvd, Greensboro, NC 27407

Phone: (336) 283-7291


French-inspired food and hospitality is Chez Gènese. They hire adults with intellectual/ developmental disabilities and a focus to bring people together with food. They serve breakfast and lunch daily and have a dinner program. It is a top-rated restaurant on Yelp!  

Hours - Curbside only, call for hours 

Address:  616 S Elm St, Greensboro, NC 27406

Phone: (336) 663-7399

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