Tom Landis opened Howdy Homemade Ice Cream in University Park, Texas with one goal in mind: to provide jobs to people with special needs. But it’s not a handout, his employees are trained in everything from food prep to customer service and all they love working there.
In two and a half years, Howdy Handmade has had no employee turnover and consistently receives top ratings from customer reviews of their service. And that’s part of the Howdy Handmade philosophy: “People first. Then, food.”
“Every restaurant wants culinary consistency, whether it’s low end or high end. No one better for that than those on the Autism spectrum,” Landis explains. “It’s time we broaden our base and look not at where the disabilities are, but the abilities.”