A Slice of New York / Project Equity
Most people don’t think of a customer service job as a pathway to the American Dream. But a group of pizza shop employees — young people working their way through school, workers who have made the restaurant industry a career choice, and people of varying cultural backgrounds — are on the path to that dream, thanks to Kirk Vartan and his wife, Marguerite Lee. Vartan and Lee, co-owners of A Slice of New York, a pizza shop in the heart of Silicon Valley, sold their company to their employees in the summer of 2017 and have turned their two pizza shops into a single worker-owned cooperative. C2BE’s partner in Oakland CA, Project Equity, is helping Slice of New York achieve its vision.