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Seva Café Launches in Long Beach

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"Imagine a restaurant at which you aren't allowed to pay your bill but can agree to pay the bill of a party seated in the future. And your bill was paid for by someone who ate there before you arrived. Such is the idea behind the Seva Café in a high-end shopping district in Ahmedabad, India." - Fast Company Now

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The concept of Seva Café was introduced to several Los Angeles based volunteers of Be The Cause in their December 2005 service vacation to India. Having experienced "living is giving" first-hand, they returned to the U.S. deeply touched by the generosity of the Indian people and inspired to pay it forward.

After several discussions, phone calls, and email exchanges through the first few months of 2006, BTC volunteers felt extremely confident that the time was right to finally open a Seva Café here. However, in spite of the push to make it a reality, the question remained, "Would it work here?" The LA area, while a melting-pot of cultural diversity (nearly 150 languages are spoken in the area), is also vast and spread out, making it a challenging place to open a Seva Café. After a brief search, the perfect location seemingly appeared by chance.