Cleveland’s EDWINS Restaurant draws diners for its lauded classic French fare, but the best things to come out of its kitchen may be the formerly incarcerated adults who receive hospitality and culinary training through the eatery's leadership institute.

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"All of the instructors want me to succeed, and there is nothing I wouldn't do for any of
them. Every day I feel blessed to be here."

Zach W.


"I have been given more in these 6 months than I lost in the 10 years I was in prison. I am so grateful to EDWINS for giving me this chance to have a better life."

Scott C.


Tradition & Passion

EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute is a unique approach at giving formerly-incarcerated adults a foundation in the hospitality industry while providing a support network necessary for a successful reentry. EDWINS goal is to enhance the community of Cleveland’s vulnerable neighborhoods by providing its future leaders.

“Every human being regardless of their past has the right to a fair and equal future”



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Every day men and women at EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute grind it out to get a second chance after incarceration.

Are you tough enough to push through the pain and pressure like they do?

Compete in the 5K Grind, our fourth annual EDWINS Run for Re-Entry, to show returning citizens everywhere that YOU support their right for fair and equal futures.

The race starts and ends at Shaker Square, but the course is unlike any other 5K in Cleveland.

Off road. Through the water. Uphill. Unbalanced. A battle between you and the terrain.

Come Join Us!