2012 Alumna Emily Turner Opening Nonprofit Restaurant to Help Ex-Offenders

Emily Turner, J.D. ’12, wants to help ex-convicts by selling grilled cheese sandwiches.  Turner is working to open a new non-profit restaurant in Minneapolis that will offer career training and professional development for those exiting the criminal justice system.  The former U.S. Housing and Urban Development attorney was recently profiled by the Star Tribune.

“If we are still punishing someone for a 40-year-old mistake, what does someone just leaving prison face?” she said.

The restaurant will specialize in the ultimate comfort food: grilled cheese sandwiches, done gourmet-style.

The name of the restaurant, All Square, at 4047 Minnehaha Av. in the Longfellow neighborhood, is a reference both to the squared-off sandwich and the idea that once you’ve done your time and paid your debt to society, you should be all square.

Star Tribune: Gourmet grilled cheese eatery aims to give ex-offenders a second chance

Kickstarter: All Square: Grilled Cheese with a Purpose