Insider dining

24 : 02 : 2016 Hospitality Futures : Whole System Thinking : Social Responsibility

Milan – InGalera is a restaurant inside a prison, which, save for the chef and head waiter, is run entirely by inmates.

  • The restaurant is a creative corporate social responsibility venture that blends commerce and social healing
  • Restaurant staff receive basic salaries that can be transferred to a family member or used while on special leave
InGalera restaurant, Milan InGalera restaurant, Milan
InGalera restaurant, Milan InGalera restaurant, Milan
InGalera restaurant, Milan InGalera restaurant, Milan

Prisoners at Bollate are encouraged to seek work inside the jail and apply for freedom passes that enable them to work outside the prison walls. The InGalera project aims to challenge the stigma associated with imprisonment and provide inmates with a sense of worth. 

The restaurant is geared towards helping prisoners make the transition to normal life on their release. Inmates can interact with members of the public and are trained to become waiters with a view to entering the hospitality industry.

The restaurant was set up with funding from professional services firm PwC, which backed the project following the success of Brigade in London.

The Big Picture

As social responsibility filters into all industries, brands are finding new ways to build positive futures through daring ventures. Learn more about the consumer desire for extreme environments in our macrotrend The Polarity Paradox.