Down North Pizza On Mission To Help Formerly Incarcerated In Philadelphia

The owners say they hope their business serves as a model for others.

Video Transcript

- Pizza with a purpose. A new pizza restaurant is on a mission to help the formerly incarcerated in Philadelphia.

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Ah, they are so good. The Sixers Stixers performed as the doors opened today at Down North Pizza on West Lehigh Avenue in Strawberry Mansion. Owners Muhammad Abdul-Hadi and Chef Kurt Evans are childhood friends who aim to serve great food while offering employment and housing to formerly incarcerated men and women at a fair wage in an equitable workplace.

KURT EVANS: We want to be a stepping stone for people coming home from the system. We want to be able to say, hey, come here. Get love. Get a hug. Get some support.

The rates of homelessness links to mass incarceration. The links of poverty relates to mass incarceration. There's a lot of different factors that factor into that. So at Down North we want to help combat those systemic issues.

- Nicely done. The owners say they hope that their business serves as a model for other businesses. Be right back.