Updated Phoenix nonprofit cafe features Food Network star’s menu

Oct 14, 2019, 2:01 PM

Beau MacMillan and café workers (Phoenix Rescue Mission Photo)...

Beau MacMillan and café workers (Phoenix Rescue Mission Photo)

(Phoenix Rescue Mission Photo)

PHOENIX — Phoenix Rescue Mission is holding the grand reopening of its Mission Possible Café this week, complete with new menu items created by a celebrity chef.

The nonprofit dedicated to helping the homeless will celebrate the newly designed restaurant near 15th Avenue and Van Buren Street on Thursday at 3-6 p.m.

The cafe, which opened in 2017 and is run by former and current Rescue Mission residents, will feature new dishes created by Food Network chef Beau MacMillan.

“We’re rocking out a killer Cuban sandwich for the next couple of months, and then just a refreshing salad that I think is going to be very popular on the menu,” MacMillan told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News last week.

Your breakfast, lunch and cookie purchase at our cafe makes our Mission Possible! Visit our page to learn more. #Breakfast #Lunch #DTPHX

Posted by Mission Possible Cafe on Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The celebrity chef said besides contributing to the menu, he’s also mentored residents who work in the cafe.

“Everybody needs a second chance, and some of these stories that I heard … from some of these people that were homeless a year ago, or, you know, have overcome addiction … have really got a chance to kind of just relive and have a life for themselves through food,” MacMillan said.

In addition to preparing formerly homeless people for the workplace, the cafe also gives 100% of its proceeds to the mission.

“Not only are you changing lives by eating at the Mission Possible Café, but you are in for one seriously delicious meal,” Michael Simmon, the nonprofit’s director of social enterprise, said in a press release.


We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

People in the Valley are without power after weekend outages...

Power mostly restored across metro Phoenix morning after storms rolled through

Over 200 people in the Valley went without power early Monday morning, according to the Salt River Project and Arizona Public Service.

59 minutes ago

Hemisphere GNNS logo...

Payne Moses

Arizona GPS company agrees to pay $2.6M to settle false claims allegations

Hemisphere GNSS Inc., an Arizona-based satellite GPS manufacturer, agreed to pay $2.6 million in order to settle allegations it gave false information in application for a Paycheck Protection Program loan.

2 hours ago

etta, the restaurant in Scottsdale, will close temporarily for renovations after being acquired by ...

etta restaurant in Scottsdale to close temporarily after sale

PHOENIX —etta, the Italian-inspired neighborhood restaurant in Scottsdale Quarter, is temporarily closing for renovations beginning Monday. The eatery will reopen under new ownership in September, but still keep the same name. The restaurant near Scottsdale Road and Greenway-Hayden Loop will be open for lunch and dinner each day and offer brunch on the weekends. Why […]

2 hours ago

Judge serving justice in court...

Phoenix man convicted of assaulting officer, human smuggling south of Tucson

A 55-year-old Phoenix man was convicted of crimes related to the assault of a federal officer and human smuggling last week.

3 hours ago

Interior of Picklemall, at the Arizona Mills shopping mall in Tempe, which is closing down....

Brandon Brown/Phoenix Business Journal

Picklemall exec opens up about abrupt closing of 16-court facility in Tempe

Less than a year after opening in the Arizona Mills Mall in Tempe, a pickleball concept is closing its doors.

3 hours ago

(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...

Police investigating 3-car crash that killed man in north Phoenix

The Phoenix Police Department is investigating a deadly three-car collision that left one man dead and sent two others to the hospital.

11 hours ago

Sponsored Articles


Sanderson Ford

3 new rides for 3 new road trips in Arizona

It's time for the Sanderson Ford Memorial Day sale with the Mighty Fine 69 Anniversary, as Sanderson Ford turned 69 years old in May.



Desert Institute for Spine Care is the place for weekend warriors to fix their back pain

Spring has sprung and nothing is better than March in Arizona. The temperatures are perfect and with the beautiful weather, Arizona has become a hotbed for hikers, runners, golfers, pickleball players and all types of weekend warriors.


Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinics: transforming health care in the valley

Midwestern University, long a fixture of comprehensive health care education in the West Valley, is also a recognized leader in community health care.

Updated Phoenix nonprofit cafe features Food Network star’s menu