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In These Times

A new lunch spot in Highland Park, New Jersey called the Better World Cafe is taking a nod from the Great Recession and offering "Robin Hood" pricing--basically, a pay-what-you-can model. Diners have the option to choose the free "complimentary community entree" on the menu, or volunteer their time to earn better eats (wash some dishes, get some baked ziti). The Nottingham-inspired trend is rapidly spreading; Denise Cerreta, the entrepreneur behind the cafe, "is in talks with 50 or 60 East Coast groups interested in copying the model." Welcome to the way things are now. []