There’s a “sustainable” food joint soon to take over the Charlie’s on Main kitchen – only for an evening.

A launch party for Little John’s, a nonprofit, pay-what-you-can restaurant, is set for 4:30-9 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20 at Charlie’s on Main, 113 S. Main St.

There, owner Dave Heide will reveal the location of the new business and educate visitors about the Little John’s concept, which focused on food sustainability, using local grocery store excess, food access for people in need and hiring military veterans.

The party will feature the Little John’s pay-what-you-can concept in action, live entertainment and a grocery store-excess menu donated by Madison’s Metcalfe’s Market – all transformed into “gourmet” dishes, according to an event poster.

The Hat Ladies will join in on the fun and allow party-goers to design one custom-made hat to donate, and one to keep. Cocktails will also be served in the Charlie’s on Main speakeasy.

The cost to enter the launch party is pay-what-you-can and the public is invited.

For information, call 291-2255.

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