Stacey Wohl had two goals when she opened Cause Café in April 2016: offer customers a casual, breakfast-brunch-lunch menu, and provide jobs for young adults with autism and other cognitive or developmental disabilities (as have her two children). A month ago, she added dinner service along with a new chef.
But the café still wasn’t doing enough business to support either her bank account or her cause, and she made the tough decision to close it and switch gears. “First we have to make the restaurant successful,” she said. “Then I can help the kids.”
The successor to Cause Café will be Our Table, which Wohl hopes to open in March. To run the kitchen, she’s hired Michael Heinlein, who has served as executive chef at Gusta Divino Trattoria in Seaford, Casa Mia and The Grill in Hauppauge, among other Long Island restaurants. He is planning a menu heavy on organic and local produce, biodynamic wines and the like.
Wohl hopes to continue baking with the kids who have developmental disabilities during the restaurant’s off hours.