A Lunch Cafe employing people with Intellectual Disabilities.

An update to you from No Limits Cafe…

March 26, 2020
While the entire world is affected by the Coronavirus, we just want to keep you updated:

We are preparing our strategic plan for reopening once this Pandemic is over. We know that many of our employees will require some retraining…which is both costly and timely. We are hoping that eventually, when there is a reduction in quarantine requirements, we can slowly add back employees for training.

Our mission stays the same, but as a small, non-profit, with a large operating budget (salaries for our employees, food costs, utilities) WE NEED YOUR HELP to make that happen. Any SUPPORT you can provide is greatly appreciated!

We have had to lay off our incredible staff. Being a new business, our employees, both salaried and hourly, have not worked the length of time required by Unemployment, so they are not eligible to collect it…even under the new emergency bill that was just passed.

Our amazing employees have been so supportive, but we are receiving a lot of texts from them saying how much they miss working and asking when they can return! We wish we could answer those questions…but there is so much uncertainty right now. We know we will reopen one day.

We donated all of our perishable foods to Lunch Break, who provides food to those in need. That was a happy moment for us…a silver lining to all of this uncertainty. So please know that any donation you have made that we have spent on food, has gone to help another non-profit. We are proud of that!

In the meantime, should you need anything, please confidentially reach out to us at stephaniecartier@nolimitscafe.org. You have helped us so much and we will do all in our power to help you.

Thank you for all you do for No Limits Cafe.

Please be well. We are all in this together.

Stephanie and Mark Cartier
Founders, No Limits Cafe
NO LIMITS CAFE – 418 ROUTE 35 – RED BANK, NJ – 07701

FOUNDING DONOR OPPORTUNITY still available!!!   For a minimum donation of $1,000, your name will be displayed in the Cafe in perpetuity, you will be invited to an annual Founding Donor only dinner, and will receive Founding Donor communications throughout the year.

Currently the cafe is closed to ensure the safety of our employees, volunteers and customers.    Please watch check the website, email and/or facebook for re-opening information.

 Current Fundraisers


In case you missed “Live From No Limits Cafe, It’s Saturday Night”, it’s been recorded for your viewing pleasure. Just click the link below, and watch!

Special thanks to Quincy Mumford for providing live music and Mike Reisman for providing many laughs. Thanks also go to our vendor partners – The Cheese Cave, Nicholas Wines (of Restaurant Nicholas) and Antionette Boulangerie – who provided cheese platters, wines, and French pastries for our guests and who donated a percentage of profits to No Limits Cafe.
If you’d like to donate toward the event, please know that $77 represents one day’s salary for one of our employees. One of our employees that cannot WAIT to get back to work at No Limits Cafe. To support the re-opening effort, simply text the word nolimits to 243725, and follow the prompts. Thank you for your support.

Some Facts

Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities want to work as much as the general population. All too often, when they ask “Will you hire me?” The answer is “no.” It creates the perception that somehow people wth disabilities can’t compete, cannot hold down a job, are not worthy of the same protections all other organizations are,” says Clyde Terry, who chairs the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency that makes recommendations to the federal government on policy issues affecting people with disabilities. “Which is really contrary to what the Americans With Disabilities Act is all about: That we all should be able to be treated equally”

 We plan on hiring 20-25 people with Intellectual Disabilities.

After our initial goal of hiring 20-25 people with Intellectual Disabilities, we will provide focused training programs, as a way of increasing the chances of long-term employment in area restaurants.

Many of those that are employed, are paid below minimum wage because they work in state or federally sheltered workshops. Under a 1986 exemption to the Fair Labor Standards Act, current law allows employers to pay less to workers with disabilities if they can’t perform a job as well as a person who is not disabled.
 Our employees will be paid minimum wage, with potential for growth.


We are currently looking to hire a few more people!

Phase I

  • Open lunch cafe in early 2020
  • Employ 25-30 adults with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Pay everyone minimum wage
  • Serve great food!


  • Evening workshops will be held to train additional adults with Intellectual Disabilities to work in the restaurant industry
  • We will work with other restaurants to hire our workshop trainees.  Currently, we have 3 restaurants who would be interested in doing so and we aren’t even open yet!

How Can You Help?

  • Spread the word:  Please share our message with family and friends.   Please connect with us via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Please follow us as we grow.
  • Donate:  We rely 100% on donations from people like you! Your donation goes directly to pay our training and operating costs. By making a donation to No Limits Cafe, you are helping to employ adults with Intellectual Disabilities and to change the world!
  • The act of honoring another person is a powerful celebration of their significance to us. This could be the memory of a precious loved one. Or the monumental contributions of an inspiring figure. These people touch our lives and make the world a better place. They should be acknowledged. What better way than with a donation in their name?  Donate In Memory
  • Fundraise:  Please contact us if you would be interested in having a fundraiser for No Limits Cafe.


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EMPOWER adults with intellectual disabilities by providing jobs and job training to help them lead fulfilling lives within our community and to increase awareness of their potential.

“Eat well, do good.”