The city of Chicago shivered through a particularly bleak November in 1930. As the U.S. economy plummeted into the Great Depression, thousands of the Windy City’s jobless huddled three times a day in a long line. With cold hands stuffed into overcoat pockets as empty as their stomachs, the needy shuffled toward the big banner that declared “Free Soup, Coffee & Doughnuts for the Unemployed.”
The kind-hearted philanthropist who had opened the doors of this soup kitchen believed every person had a right to dignity - no matter who you were or what socioeconomic class you came from.
This unlikely humanitarian had a name. He was none other than “Public Enemy Number One”, Al Capone.
One could argue that America's most notorious gangster definitely had a gentler side to him. Kindness, and empathy? Some of his sweeter qualities. Who would have thought! Doesn’t this go against the history books? A relatively unknown part of history and a testament to his character - but true, nevertheless.
Sweet Capone’s. Just like our cannoli, inside every flaky exterior is a sweeter inside - and a belief system that no matter who you are, where you’re from and what you’ve done, everyone deserves a chance to be redeemed.
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