Now Open: Ost Cafe at 511 Grand St.
The partners are Alex Clark, Aaron Hagedorn and Kat Maxianova. They’re taking over a storefront in an historic row house purchased by artists Inka Essenhigh and Stephen Mumford about three years ago. There used to be a fast food Chinese place on the ground floor. The space looks very different. There’s lots of exposed brick and natural wood. The old tin ceiling has been touched up and big windows offer plenty of natural light.
Ost (meaning “East” in German) has an Eastern European flair. You’ll find all of the usual coffee drinks (their supplier is Intelligentsia) — a small coffee costs $1.75 — lattes are $4.25. You can also get hot chocolate, chai and tea, as well as an assortment of pastries.
Initial hours will be 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. There is free wireless for as long as your computer battery lasts.
There’s a bit of a changing of the guard in the immediate area. As we reported yesterday, Pushcart Coffee, located just about two blocks away, is closing on Friday. So Ost’s arrival is especially welcome.