You Don't Have To Pay For Lunch at Roanoke's Ursula's Café, And Its Owners Are OK With That

The eatery and arts venue that opened in downtown Roanoke last week brings what may be the first donate-what-you-can cafe to the city.

Founders and co-presidents of Ursula's Café Ami Trowell (left) and Jordan Fallon envision the space as a donate-what-you-can cafe and community arts venue. PHOTO BY HENRI GENDREAU FOR THE ROANOKE RAMBLER

They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch.

Ursula’s Café begs to differ.

The eatery and arts venue that opened in downtown Roanoke last week brings what may be the first donate-what-you-can concept to the city. The model allows for some customers to grab a free meal while others can pay a suggested donation or more to help cover costs.