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YOUR MEAL. OUR MISSION. EAT GOOD.

Much of our food is grown locally. Our building has green features to  reduce our carbon footprint. Our roof is so green we have to water it. We use recyclable packaging when we can. The burgers are 100% antibiotic-free, North American certified Angus Beef. We’ve got Boar’s Head meats and Junior’s cheesecake right out of Brooklyn. We’re doing our best to keep it local and keep it green.

DO GOOD.

100% of the net profits do good things for Staten Island. The money we make sends students to school. It plants flowers and cleans streets. It  helps non-profit organizations on Staten Island help others.
No catches. You spend it. They get it.
Kind of makes the burger taste even better, right?

EAT GOOD. DO GOOD.

Your meal is on a mission.

Nicotra Foundation Presents A Total Of $34,434 In Awards And Scholarships

Philanthropists Richard and Lois Nicotra gathered with 34 of The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation grant recipients at their Bloomfield social enterprise eatery, the COMMONS café, on October 18, 2017, to present a total of $34,434 in awards and scholarships; 100% of the profits from the COMMONS café contribute to the funding for these non-profit organizations and scholarship students. Since 2011, The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation has awarded $629,864 to more than 329 Staten Island-based non-profit organizations and scholarship recipients.

Today, the Nicotras welcomed Diana Echevarria from the Newman’s Own Foundation and noted during the ceremony that Newman’s Own Foundation, founded by Paul Newman, also gives 100% of the profits to charity, inspired their philanthropic model for the COMMONS café. The Nicotras announced plans for a second social enterprise eatery, also located at the Teleport, which will be a part of their newest development, Corporate Commons Three. The new eatery, “Pienza – Pizza • Pasta • Porchetta”, will be three times the size of the COMMONS cafè and joins the cafè’s mission to “Eat Good. Do Good.”, giving 100% of the profits to charity. Corporate Commons Three will be a 8-story, 330,000 square foot Class A office building with a 40,000 square foot rooftop organic farm, beehives to make honey and a vineyard.

“Having the Newman’s Own Foundation join us and identify the COMMONS café as a leader in the social enterprise movement is not only validating, it’s poetic in a sense – we were inspired by their impact on the community and consider Paul Newman a role mode. For the Newman’s Own team to ask us to join them in spurring others on to replicate this “do good” movement – well, that’s just the stuff Hollywood scripts are made of,” shared COMMONS café Founders Lois and Richard Nicotra.

Special thanks to Partners In Sound Productions for their support of our Fall Awards Ceremony. Also, heartfelt thanks to Gary Skolnick of Americare Systems who is creating a “ripple of good” and sharing our message and mission.


Scholarships For Employees’ Children.

Sponsored by
The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation
for the children and grandchildren of employees of the
Hilton Garden Inn, the Hampton Inn & Suites,
The Nicotra Group and Corporate Commons.
Download the application here.


Grants For Non Profit Organizations.

The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation provides support for non profit organizations primarily located in
the Borough of Staten Island and aids in the support of higher education for the children and grandchildren of the
employees of The Nicotra Group, the Hilton Garden Inn Staten Island and the Hampton Inn & Suites.
Download the application here.


Making A Difference In The Community!

Philanthropists Lois and Richard Nicotra gathered with 45 non-profit organizations and scholarship recipients at The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation Fall Awards Ceremony at the COMMONS café on October 21, 2015.

The Nicotras presented $39,500 in awards and scholarships; 100% of the profits from the COMMONS café contribute to the funding for these Staten Island non-profit organizations and scholarship recipients.

Since 2011, The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation has awarded a total of $434,303 to more than 200 non-profit organizations and scholarship recipients

View the Organizations and Foundations we’ve assisted