Fresh Soul is a small café in east central Spokane offering ribs, chicken, cornbread, collard greens, and other southern favorites that will make your mouth water. The interior and exterior are colorful and modern; there are two murals on the east and west sides of the building by artists Daniel Lopez and Ellen Picken, and a rotating selection of local art adorns one wall inside.

Fresh Soul is a bright spot in this part of town for so many reasons. In addition to great food, Fresh Soul also hosts a community enrichment program that offers teens life skills and job training they would have trouble finding anywhere else.

The Spokane Eastside Reunion Association (SERA) is a non-profit committed to “feeding souls, sowing hope, and transforming community” according to their mission statement. They have a tutoring program that partners struggling kids with tutors from Spokane area colleges, and summer basketball camps for disadvantaged youth from all over Spokane. And then there is the Fresh Soul restaurant, which is run by SERA founder Michael Brown. This small vibrant restaurant provides a life skills and job training program for 14 to 18-year-olds. During the 16-week program, these teens learn kitchen training and etiquette, food handling skills, and customer service. They must also open a savings account and are taught budgeting, resume building, job search, and interview skills.

If you are looking for food that is great for body, mind, and soul then Fresh Soul is the place to go. Open from 11:30-8:00 Tuesday through Saturday. //