Flywheel Social Enterprise Hub proudly announces Venice on Vine as the recipient of its 2018 Social Enterprise Award!
Following the riots of 2001 OTR was known as the most dangerous neighborhood in the US, topping LA’s infamous Compton neighborhood for that title. It wasn’t until 2006, that the first new restaurant in decades opened at the corner of 13th and Vine. Catering to both neighborhood residents and construction workers who were rebuilding the neighborhood, Venice on Vine also employed people from the neighborhood…most importantly individuals with significant barriers to employment.
Today the neighborhood is unrecognizable. Within a few blocks of 13th and Vine, thousands of individuals now occupy previously vacant buildings, there are over 300 businesses and over 40 restaurants.Despite this change in the neighborhood, one thing has remained constant…Venice on Vine’s commitment to its mission of providing paid training to individuals with barriers to employment, turning out hundreds of individuals over the past decade.
Yet as the neighborhood has changed so have the restaurant’s customers. For that reason, Flywheel has selected Venice on Vine as its client and partner with an award of over $7,000 in technical assistance to help the organization adapt to this new demographic.