George Clooney Drops In To Edinburgh Café That Helps the Homeless
November 12, 2015
Movie star George Clooney has dropped in to visit a café in Edinburgh that donates all of its profits to homeless people.
Clooney was in town to deliver a speech at the Scottish Business Awards but found time to drop in on Social Bite and cause quite a stir in the process.
“The staff are unbelievably excited about George’s visit. He’s one of the most famous people on the planet and we are looking forward to introducing him to the Social Bite concept,” said the sandwich shop’s founder Josh Littlejohn.
There are five Social Bite outlets in different parts of Edinburgh, with 100 per cent of any profits made at each of them going to support good causes in Scotland and around the world.
Many of the staff employed at the shops have themselves been homeless in the past and the venture has drawn praise for its efforts to combine local enterprise with charity work.
Among the charities supported by Social Bite is Shelter Scotland, which helps tens of thousands of Scots every year in dealing with homelessness or with issues relating to bad housing.
The self-described ‘social business’ also supports an eye care hospital in Bangladesh and the Microloan Foundation, which provides small-scale financial backing and education to entrepreneurial women living in impoverished parts of Malawi and Zambia.
Social Bite’s menu was created by the Michelin star chef Mike Mathieson and all its offerings are freshly prepared each day.
One particularly important feature of its menu though is its ‘suspended coffee and food’ idea, which essentially allows visitors to buy a meal or a hot drink for a homeless person living somewhere on the streets of Edinburgh.
Ahead of his visit to the Scottish Business Awards and after he’s popped in to Social Bite, George Clooney is scheduled to have lunch with Heather McGowan, who won a competition to meet and spend some time with the A-list star.
McGowan, who is a wedding planner from Glasgow, said she is still slightly in shock at the prospect of meeting Clooney, who was last spotted in Scotland when presenting at Bob Geldof’s Live 8 concert in 2005.