Photo by Alphonse Telymonde.
Most coffee shop openings don’t warrant a full-blown ribbon cutting ceremony with neighborhood VIP’s in attendance. But the GrandLo Cafe at 178 Broome St. is not most coffee shops.
The social enterprise business in the big Essex Crossing project is run by Grand Street Settlement as a job training program. After a week in soft-open mode, the cafe was officially opened this past Friday, with local elected officials and other neighborhood leaders offering their congratulations.
The ribbon cutting honors went to Sylvia Montero, board president of the non-profit set up to run the business, and Amy Gomez, an 11th grader in the first training class. City Councilmember Carlina Rivera and State Sen. Brian Kavanagh were in attendance, as well as the heads of several local settlement houses and other non-profits. Ron Moelis, founding partner of L+M Development Partners, was also there. L+M is part of the consortium building Essex Crossing. Like others speaking last week, Moelis credited Grand Street’s executive director, Robert Cordero, who was determined to open the social enterprise cafe and originally pitched the idea to the developers.
The GrandLo Cafe is ope from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. daily
We stopped by the brand new GrandLo Cafe for our morning coffee and to meet the team working at Grand Street Settlement’s social enterprise venture at 178 Broome St.
Manager Adam Perez was behind the counter, along with Cindy Vasquez. The cafe, which will serve as a youth training center, is part of the new Essex Crossing project. Opening week hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (take advantage of a $3 coffee & pastry special this week). The business will be open starting next week 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
We can already tell the GrandLo Cafe will be a good community gathering spot. If you’re looking for a casual meeting destination in the neighborhood, check it out.
Photo by Grand Street Settlement.
The first commercial business at Essex Crossing opens for business next week.
The GrandLo Cafe, a social enterprise coffee shop run by Grand Street Settlement, will make a soft debut next Monday, March 12. It’s located at 178 Broome St., just to the east of Clinton Street. Next week’s limited hours will be 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. before a grand opening March 19.
Grand Street Settlement is the lead community partner in Essex Crossing, the 1.9 million square foot project in the former Seward Park Urban Renewal Area. The cafe will serve as a community gathering spot and as a workforce training center for neighborhood youth. They’re serving Counter Culture coffee and pastries from Brick City Baking Co.
In the same building, Grand Street Settlement is running a senior center. There will also be a medical center run by NYU Langone.