Denver News – SAME Cafe: The restaurant where you pay what you can – page 1
Libby Birky still remembers the reactions of their families when she and Brad first confessed their desire to open a restaurant with no prices. Behind the smiles, the words of support and the offers of assistance were looks of deep concern. Friends were intrigued but skeptical. Loan officers and government officials were a bit more blunt. “They told us we were crazy. In those exact words,” she says. And maybe they were a little crazy. It was the kind of utopian, half-baked, vaguely Boulder-ish concept you’d expect from old hippies or naive undergrads with more money than brains, not a pair of young professionals raised in the rural Midwest.