Childhood Friends Open Restaurant That Only Hires Ex-Convicts

Kurt Evans and Muhammad Abdul-Hadid, have teamed up to establish Down North Pizza, a restaurant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania th
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Childhood friends, Kurt Evans and Muhammad Abdul-Hadid, have teamed up to establish Down North Pizza, a restaurant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that exclusively employs those who were previously incarcerated in a mission to give them an opportunity to turn their life around and also reduce the recidivism rate in Black communities.

Evans, a chef who is known for his End Mass Incarceration Dinner series, has always been making efforts in giving back to the community. He and his lifelong friend Abdul-Hadid decided to partner up to incorporate their love for pizza and their passion to help others by launching Down North Pizza on March 2021.

Aside from serving delicious Detroit-style pizza, Evans and Abdul-Hadi is also serving the community through the pizzeria. When they saw how hard it is for incarcerated people to get job opportunities after getting out of prison, they decided to only hire former felons to help them.

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