The Inside The Box Cafe Is Tampa’s Diamond in the Rough

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Inside the Box resembles most of the fast service lunch spots on Tampa Street, Tampa’s downtown restaurant row.  Even many of the customers rushing in to get a one-half sandwich, one-half salad meal-to-go or one of the weekly specials do not know the success story of Inside the Box.

Every meal you purchase at this luncheon spot provides a meal for a person in need through Tampa’s Metropolitan Ministries.  The idea for the restaurant came from Chef Cliff Barsi, a volunteer at Metro.

With a small grant and a lot of effort and community pride, Inside the Box has been a major success.  The management is by former Metropolitan Ministries residents and the staff are interns and graduates of Uplift U., a program to train current residents in the food industry.

The culinary arts program has been a shining star for the social entrepreneurship initiative at Metropolitan Ministries.   Besides lunch, the restaurant does a catering business.

How good is the food?  All you have to do is go online and read the raves at Yelp and Urbanspoon.

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About floridatraveler

Historian and travel writer M. C. Bob Leonard makes the Sunshine State his home base. Besides serving as content editor for several textbook publishers and as college professor, he moderates the FHIC at www.floridahistory.org
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