Nonprofit restaurant teaches job, life skills to refugees

The Arizona Republic recently featured The Refuge and their work with refugees.  “Masumbuko spent a couple of years as a refugee in a camp in East Africa. The 18-year-old native of the Democratic Republic of Congo has been learning how to adjust to life on the outside, in the United States. A big part of his training is coming at The Refuge, the cafe where he works part time while attending high school.”

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Melrose Cooler

Uptown Magazine recently featured our Melrose Cooler.  It’s a great way to cool down this summer!

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Father’s Day

Bring Dad to The Refuge for Father’s Day! We’re offering a Chorizo Breakfast Burrito for $5.50 and French Toast for $5.50. In addition, Dad will receive a free $5 gift card, good for his next visit. Hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Happy Father’s Day!

Top Hipsterhoods

Four Phoenix neighborhoods and Tempe made it to the Unofficial Guide to Hipsterhoods of the Mountain West.  And guess what, we’re located in the heart of the Melrose District.  The Refuge is located in one of the top “hipsterhoods”! Pretty cool! To read more, visit:

Valentine’s Day Specials

Bring your sweetheart to The Refuge for Valentine’s Day. We will be serving homemade crepes from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., including a sweet and savory option. Guests can choose from a roasted veggies, goat cheese and over easy eggs or a chocolate and strawberry crepe for $5.50. Mimosas will also be available for $5.50.

In the afternoon and evening, we will be offering a bottle of house wine and two bruschettas for $20, from 3 p.m. to close. Our regular menu will be available all day. It’s the perfect place to relax and spend the day with your loved ones or friends.

In addition, all Café Esperanza teas and coffees will be on special, 3 for $25, mix and match any three!


Catering for the Big Game!

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Refuge Youth Create Mural of Hope, Love

This month, The North Central News writes about our new mural outside The Refuge.  The children in Catholic Charities’ Unaccompanied Minors program created the mural as a partnership with Free Arts of Arizona. Catholic Charities has been providing foster homes to children who have fled their home countries for safety for over 30 years.   The tiles all represent the child’s “safe place” and each has a wonderful story behind them. We hope you will stop by to see their beautiful work!

Veteran’s Day Promotion

Happy Veterans Day‬! All active and retired military will get a free cup of coffee today! Show a valid military ID to redeem. Also, buy 3 bags of Café Esperanza AZ Veterans Blend for just $25, normally $10 a bag.

Halloween Party

We’re having a Halloween Party! Come in your best costume and you’ll be entered to win prizes.  The evening will also feature Friday Night Trivia starting at 7 p.m. and plenty of food and drink specials.  (Happy Hour goes from 3 p.m. to close!)  Hope to see you on Oct. 31st!

National Coffee Day

National Coffee Day is Monday, Sept. 29th and The Refuge is offering 3 bags of Café Esperanza for $25 all day, (7 a.m. to 8 p.m.).  The coffee is normally priced $10 a bag.  They are also serving $1 drip cofffee, any size, all day!

Thanks to Good Morning Arizona for waking up early with us and talk about how The Refuge benefits local charities!