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This Ambitious Bistro Plans To Donate Half Of All Profits To Local Charities

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A new bistro opening in Pasadena this weekend will donate 50 percent of their profits to local charities.

Halfsies, a new bistro and bakery in Old Town Pasadena, plans to deliver big on their name by not only serving "half of everything in the world," but also giving away half of what they make. And if those goals weren't ambitious enough, the cafeteria-style restaurant will also stay open 24 hours a day.

The eclectic menu at Halfsies promises a bit of something for everyone, from beef stroganoff to thai curry chicken, jambalaya to pork adobo, as well as an array of salads, soups and sandwiches on housemade bread. They'll also be serving up breakfast, in-house pastries and a full cafe menu featuring Intelligentsia coffee. Even the dessert menu reflects an international sensibility with tres leches cake served alongside madeleines and shaved ice with more options planned for the future.

Once operating costs and taxes are covered and employees compensated, Halfsies is committed to donating half of their profits to local charities. According to their website, once they're up and running Halfsies will select a charity to receive the donation, and will periodically rotate to other causes. John Diaz, media consultant and part owner of Halfies, tells Pasadena Now, “We want to focus on local charities and maybe once we get a little closer to be a second restaurant, we might focus on nationwide charities."

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The soft opening for Halfsies begins today and they plan to expand their menu offerings in the near future.

Halfisies is located at 88 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, (626) 639-3270.