Grand Street Settlement’s ‘GrandLo Cafe’ Raises $28K, Opens at Essex Crossing in March

Posted on: January 18th, 2018 at 5:12 am by

GrandLo Cafe – the new “nosh-for-profit” coffee shop concept – is two months from debuting at Essex Crossing. By March, the Grand Street Settlement will be running the show, providing “sustainably sourced coffee” and job training to area 16- to 24-year-olds.

The Lower East Side social services organization kickstarted a crowdfunding campaign back in November, and it’s since surpassed the initial, princely goal with close to $28,000 collected. All donations go toward programming and job training for the youth employees.

“Our job training will follow an evidence-based curriculum that provides hands-on barista, food prep, and cafe management training as well as life skills group and one-on-one coaching,” Communications Manager Erica Wong recently told us.

As previously reported, the Grand Street Settlement is to operate both the onsite senior center and the 2,500 square-foot coffee shop on the ground floor of 178 Broome Street. (It shares the overall commercial space at Site 6 with a $32.9 million, 55,000 square-foot outpatient hospital for NYU Langone.)

Last night, GrandLo feted itself with a cocktails and snacks pre-opening soiree. was the was the preview launch party for GrandLo, with the requisite booze and small bites.

Launch is sometime this March.

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