Lentil As Anything, an outcome of a so-called social experiment conducted by a charismatic rare pioneer, Shanaka Fernando (Visser 2010). Born in Sri Lanka, he dropped out of Law School to start a restaurant where catering is exclusively organic vegan fare (Pounder 2006) but with no menu prices, no cash registers, and no rules (SBS 2009). Based on a pay-what-you-can nonprofit model, Naked Lentil strives to help socially isolated migrants by offering training, Immigration Support, and encouraging multicultural communication and community growth (MuslimVillage 2010). With over 9 years of catering service, Lentil has been accepting more than 1500 customers a day (CharityFocus 2010), and has not been relying on any governmental funding (LentilAsAnything) but instead on generosity of its volunteers and patrons to pay all its liabilities (Rachel 2010). The restaurant currently has 4 branches in St. Kilda, Abbotsford Convent, Collingwood College, and recently in Footscray (Wikipedia 2011). Despite all the trust, openness, and generosity in Lentil’s philosophy, it suffered from several changes over the past few years, the crippling rise in debt (SBS 2009), the turbulence among managers, the unethical conduct of not paying their suppliers, the poor decision making and organization, and the lack of having an adequate business and human resource management model.
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