Homegirl is ready for her close up.
Homegirl Café, part of the Homeboy Industries bakery business that employs former gang members, has opened up at Culver Studios, the iconic movie and TV production facility once owned by Cecil B. DeMille.
Serving as the official commissary at the famous 14-acre lot in Culver City is the latest expansion move by the downtown L.A. nonprofit, which, since June, has also been selling its grab ’n’ go products at Los Angeles International Airport.
While the employees at the airport location do not have gang affiliations, the six workers at the studio café, which opened last month, all had gang ties or were incarcerated. They have since been through Homeboy’s 18-month training program for jobs in the culinary arts.
Homeboy Industries founder Father Greg Boyle said having a café at the studio, where such classics as “Gone With the Wind,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” and “Citizen Kane” were shot, is appropriate because “it’s a location where some of the greatest stories of courage, resilience and transformation have been filmed.”
– Sandro Monetti
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