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All walks of life will be welcome at Abby Eats Café

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Kyle and Ashley Dyck plan to open a pay-what-you-can afford restaurant called Abby Eats Café.


ungry? Not if Kyle Dyck has his dream of opening a café fulfilled by catering to a mix of middle and upper income folks who'll be rubbing elbows with low-income people in Abbotsford.

He already has the name and the logo, and even some of the menu items they'll be serving. All he needs now is a place and the funds to pay for things like rent and licences.

Dyck and his wife Ashley, have been a residents of Abbotsford for 8 years. Prior to that, he was a youth pastor.


Being familiar with local issues, he wants to help by opening a low-income restaurant to give people a break from crippling poverty that'll cater to all classes of people.

If someone doesn't  have the money, they can swap volunteer time to pay for what they ate.

Abby Eats Café is what Dyck calls a "café non-profit, social justice entrepreneurship" eatery. He likes the concept of pay-what-you-can in a place run by volunteers that he sees as an opportunity to provide food security.

"We value a place where everyone is welcome and we provide creative payment solutions for all. Our hope is to create a culture where we eliminate food insecurities, while providing fantastic food and community connections," Dyck told The Voice in an e-mail last week.

According to Dyck, low-income people will be rubbing elbows with people who have higher incomes.

"The best case scenario is that we have a healthy mix of social economic classes engaging with the cafe consistently," explained Dyck. "We will not be successful if we are only engaging with the upper middle class and not addressing the poverty crisis in Abbotsford."

Some of the ways he plans to charge people are:

1. Pay what you can afford.
2. Pay the full amount of the suggested meal price.
3. Pay the full amount of the suggested meal price, plus a little extra to “pay it forward.”
4. Give your time in service to “pay it forward” for your neighbor to enjoy a meal.
5. Give your time in service to pay for your meal. This provides a “hand up, not a hand out” opportunity.

He's costed it out, and they'll need to raise 75,000 dollars in start-up capital before launching, and an average of 50,000 dollars in donations per year to maintain sustainability."

At this point, it's unclear if there's a groundswell of support from the community for Abby Eats Café, but Dyck is networking with churches, businesses, individuals with hopes to raise the money.

"A big part of the success and sustainability of this concept relies on donations and the generosity of the community. My hope is to raise money from churches, from businesses, from individuals and from any grants that may be available."

Aside from a job for himself, he'll also be looking for a chef and other volunteers to help run the café.

Providing it's "successful and effective", they may open similar restaurant in Chilliwack a few years down the road.

Keep an eye out for Abby Eats on social media as they start to spread the word. Dyck is optimistic he can find members of the community who want to help.

Instagram: abbyeatscafe
Twitter: abbyeatscafe1
E-mail here.
Contact Kyle Dyck at  or 778 878 3490 for more information.



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