The Daily Table: An Expired Food Restaurant

By Scott Kearnan  |  October 2, 2013

Don't hold your nose: this isn't a bad thing. Gears are turning on The Daily Table, an upcoming Boston grocery store and restaurant from Doug Rauch, former president of Trader Joe's, that will only sell food past its sell-by date at deep, deep discounts. Slated to open in Dorchester, the business's goal is twofold. Rauch is looking to address food waste: it's estimated that 40 percent of food is trashed only because it is beyond its sell-by date, but most of it is still safe and edible. (Dates are set by manufacturers, not by law, and tend to be conservative. They're often more about pushing product and retaining flavor than food safety.) The Daily Table is also trying to offer uniquely affordable food shopping and dining to (especially lower income) consumers who might otherwise spend their $4 on an ammonia-laced factory farm sandwich from the local Clownburger, Inc. "This is about trying to tackle a very large social challenge we have that is going to create a health care tsunami in cost if we don't do something about it," explained Rauch in a recent NPR interview.