Named for its historic location beneath the Eldorado Ballroom, Rado Cafe & Market is a hybrid all-day cafe and neighborhood market for the Third Ward community — bringing culturally-conscious prepared foods, fresh groceries, locally-sourced products and a bistro-inspired menu to the Emancipation corridor. The brainchild of Lucille’s Hospitality Group, Rado is on a mission to feed the future while serving the past, creating a culinary hub that prioritizes healthy, affordable food access and centers the palates and people that make up its long-standing community.
Our market is anchored by fresh produce grown less than 50 miles from Third Ward at our farm in Kendelton, Texas — all of which is powered by our non-profit organization, Lucille’s 1913 [Hyperlink to 1913 website]. Grown exclusively for the palates of the communities we serve, our produce offerings supply our neighbors with sustainably grown fruits and vegetables at significant savings thanks to our vertically integrated production. Proceeds from all produce sold are funneled back into the Lucille’s 1913 Farming Initiative.
Our market shelves also serve as a platform for the products and goods of community-based entrepreneurs. In turn, the Rado will showcase and celebrate the creativity of its neighborhood by featuring the creations of local brands. Head to our “On the Shelf” tab to view our full list of community partners.
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Available via dine-in and grab-and-go formats, the Rado’s menu features a rotating selection of chef-driven sandwiches, salads, and sides — all crafted from the same produce featured in our market. Our food menu is complemented by a selection of classic cafe beverages that highlight our LHG coffee beans.
The Rado’s retail beer and wine program is thoughtfully-sourced by the chefs and team members that make up the Lucille’s Hospitality Group team. Selections are meant to reflect the culture and tastes of our community, while providing an environment that encourages education and discovery. Pair a bottle of wine with your grab-and-go selections for a fully-stocked picnic basket, then head across the street to dine al fresco at Emancipation Park.