The SF Chronicle recently ran an article on the new owner of Richmond, Calif.-based Rubicon Bakery, Andrew Stoloff. Andrew bought the bakery in in 2009 from the non-profit Rubicon Programs, and found high ingredient and labor costs, and operating inefficiency.
This article begs the question of why this social enterprise could not make the bakery profitable when the restauranteur could. He still employs ex-cons, recovering drug addicts and homeless people. In addition, Stoloff pays for medical insurance and three weeks’ paid vacation and sick time for his 85 employees, so he is not changing the social impact of the bakery.