Welcome to Dan’s Place!

Dan’s Place is located at 16934 Chabad Way, Poway, California 92064

The Dan’s Place staff misses you and we appreciate your past support. We are looking forward to seeing you again when the dangers from the Coronavirus are in past. Because of our vulnerable population, we need to be especially careful before resuming our monthly dinners and launching our bakery. We appreciate your patience and hope you, and all your families, are well.

Dan’s Place, The Friendship Restaurant

Dan’s Place was created to give the adult and young adult community with special needs the chance to learn vocational skills in the hospitality industry.  Each participant commits to learning a position within the restaurant such as chef, server, host and more!  Volunteers assist alongside each participant as they practice from setup to cleanup and everything in between.

Led by Head Chef Amy Nisen, and Creative Director Mina Cohen, each Restaurant Staff member has the chance to be a part of something fun and educational.

Get Involved with Dan’s Place

There are several ways you can help!  By donating below, you can help provide kitchen equipment, supplies, groceries, aprons and more for our staff members to be prepared with the proper tools each month.  You can also volunteer to help work one-on-one with our participants as they learn a new skill.  Lastly, you can join us for dinner and help provide feedback for our friends to learn and grow!  Contact us for more information on volunteering or to make reservations.

Dan’s Story

Danny had Partial Trisomy 18, which is similar to Down Syndrome.  In the spring of 2018, our incredible, huge-hearted, strong, “Dan the Man” had been in a hospital in Belgium.  Dan loved doing mitzvos, going to minyan, riding his bike, and most of all spending time with friends and family.  Dan was visiting his sister and her family in Brussels for Pesach, where he needed emergency surgery.  On Wednesday May 16, 2018 (1st day of Sivan), Dan’s holy soul was returned back to heaven.

We miss Dan’s biggest hugs, strongest handshakes, and those heart warming greetings he gave everyone with the happiest smile around.

In the Memory of our beloved Dan, we turn to you to please pledge a Mitzvah of Tzedakah to the Friendship Circle.  May our Mitzvahs and charity giving in his memory, bring a great elevation to his soul, Amein!