National Waffle Day

Today is National Waffle Day and we spent the morning with Fox 10 Phoenix.  John Strawn, GM at The Refuge talked about the cafe and how they are helping veterans get back on their feet with their workforce development program.  In case you missed the story, click here:

3 Ways Drinking Coffee Can Help People in Need

ABC’s The List recently visited The Refuge as apart of a story on 3 Ways Drinking Coffee Can Help People in Need! Check out the full interview, here:


The Phoenix New Times is out with their list of 10 new places for Brunch in Metro Phoenix and we’re honored to be included! Check out the full list here,

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Arizona Horizon’s Visits The Refuge

Arizona’s Horizon’s Giving and Leading program recently visited The Refuge to learn more about it’s refugee workforce program.  The cafe is helping at risk youth, either in Catholic Charities foster care or refugee program to teach them customer service skills, communication skills, budgeting, cooking skills and more.  To learn more, watch:


The Refuge is this week’s Restaurant of the Week on Fabulous Arizona.  Check out the editor’s review and we’ll hope to serve you soon.

Best Wine Bars

The Arizona Republic recently revealed it’s list of the top 20 wine bars around the Valley and guess who’s on the list?! Yes, The Refuge made the list for the second year in a row!

New Daily Specials

Stop by in any day of the week for great food and drink specials!

Margarita Monday
Margarita and Three Amigos (trio of salsas and chips) – $10

Taco Tuesday
Green Chili Pork Taco Plate and a Mini-Pitcher of Draft Beer – $15

Bucket of Beer: 5 PBR Tall Boy’s for $10

Flat Bread Pizza with a Mini-Pitcher of Draft Beer – $12

Jazzy Jam Friday
Irish Whiskey and Ginger Ale for $5

Saturday Football Fun
$10 Bucket of PBR Tall Boy’s

Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas $5

Starbucks Supports The Refuge Café’s Training Program for At-Risk Youth

We are excited to announce that Starbucks chose The Refuge Café to receive a $5,000 Starbucks Foundation Opportunity for Youth Grant for its vocational training program that teaches at-risk youth the basics of restaurant work and customer service.

“The Vocational Training program is 100 hours of vocational training, 10 hours per week for ten weeks,” said Steve Capobres, vice president of business development at Catholic Charities. “Participants shadow Refuge Café staff, gradually increasing the complexity of their duties each week. They are also taking part in bi-weekly life skills classes focused on budgeting, healthy eating habits, learning to cook and our general manager is helping them in their permanent job search. It’s a great program that is helping at risk youth in our community and we’re very appreciative of Starbucks’ support.”

Thank you, Starbucks Foundation!

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.”

To read more, visit:

Melrose Cooler

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

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