GrandLo Cafe at Essex Crossing Shuts Down for Good

Posted on: March 31st, 2020 at 5:09 am by


GrandLo Cafe
won’t survive Covid-19. The two-year-old operation announced it’s permanently shuttering.

The Grand Street Settlement’s social enterprise program at 178 Broome might be down, but they’re not entirely out. GrandLo has committed to completing their training program remotely, to keep trainees on their career pathway.

There are also plans in the works to reoccupy the Essex Crossing space once the current health crisis passes. It’ll reopen as the GrandLo Cafe Community Resource Center, which intends to focus on services to help neighborhood residents build resilience and rebound from the economic crisis.  It will include “connection to government benefits, entitlements, tax preparation, nutrition and food distribution, employment, and training, among other services.” Presumably this will help them hold onto the $50,000 grant from the Keith Haring Foundation.

From the press release:

We have made the difficult decision to close GrandLo Café as a restaurant because of the current economic and public health crisis. We are feeling the same business impact of all other restaurants, and the economics of the business are not sustainable at this time…

Without you, we couldn’t have given so many young people a new outlook on life. We couldn’t have given them valuable job skills that changed their trajectory and pushed them towards their goals. You did that. By buying that coffee and that muffin, you made this happen. Thank you.

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