Cafe Europa: Sustainable restaurant

If you don’t clean your plate at Cafe Europa, you shouldn’t feel guilty. The Crestwood restaurant has partnered with environmental consultant Earthscraps LLC to implement a composting and recycling program.   

“This is about getting into restaurants and addressing the issue of waste. Cafe Europa is an experiment. I’m hoping to take all my experience in the restaurant industry and passion for trash, and work to create a sustainable environment,” says Jerame Gray, President of the Kansas City-based Earthscraps.

Gray launched his business in June after graduating from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning the previous December. If his name sounds familiar, he was a fixture behind the bar at Le Fou Frog for five years before his current bartending gig at the Blue Grotto.

But his entrepreneurial side pushed him to design a consulting firm to help businesses divert waste from landfills. And he found a restaurant willing to listen in Cafe Europa. Two months ago, the cafe retrofitted its kitchen with bins for composting material, glass and trash.  

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