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Ruthie’s founder Ashlee Hunt Kleinert gives us the scoop on her partnership with Café Momentum—and shares some exciting news for grilled cheese fans.

When Ashlee Hunt Kleinert first decided to launch a food truck company, the concept started out as a fun side project—something to complement her already-established event planning business. “Food trucks were just hitting the Dallas scene, and Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe offered such a unique way to engage with customers,” says Kleinert, “so I ultimately closed the events side and went 100% in on the food truck in 2011.” Fast-forward eight years, and Kleinert would find herself embarking on yet another venture: a partnership between Ruthie’s and Café Momentum, the restaurant-nonprofit hybrid that employs at-risk youth who’ve been released from juvenile facilities. “Café Momentum is not a normal restaurant, and Ruthie’s is not a normal food truck,” she says of the merger. “We like to say that we both serve more than food; we serve the community.”

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