Homeboy Industries expands with diner at City Hall
Homeboy Diner, which opened this week, is the latest business venture of Homeboy Industries, a Los Angeles institution that supporters say has helped thousands of gang members quit lives of crime with counseling, tattoo removal and job training.
As cameras flashed at the grand opening Thursday, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa broke bread alongside Father Gregory Boyle, the white-bearded Jesuit priest who founded Homeboy during the height of the L.A.'s gang wars 23 years ago.
Just last year, Homeboy — and Boyle — had few reasons to rejoice.
Father Greg Boyle blesses Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, center, and Councilman Tom LaBonge, right, at the grand opening of Homeboy Diner in City Hall. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)