City Cafe in Manchester, opening Tuesday, offers 'Coffee on a Mission'
Rhiannon Pochopin, outreach coordinator for City Cafe, holds a cup of coffee at their new store on Elm Stree, in Manchester on Wednesday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
And butterlicious sticky buns, cinnamon rolls and other European-style pastries, straight from Bread & Chocolate in Concord, will be on the menu.
Elizabeth Leone, manager of the cafe, was busy last week putting the final touches on the cafe. A chalkboard artist had finished up the two-story high menu, a backdrop to the front counter, and glass workers were busy replacing a large glass pane in the front that had cracked.
Even though the goal of the cafe is to make the church's presence known in the community, Leone said the church is cognizant that New Englanders frown on Bible thumpers so none of that will be found at the cafe.
Unlike other coffee shops, City Cafe is a nonprofit which, each month, will turn over all profits to a charity, nonprofit or to people in need. It will be staffed with a mix of volunteers and paid employees — the baristas, who are specially trained, Leone said.
For Tuesday's grand opening, however, the hours will be extended to 7 p.m., with Mayor Ted Gatsas and other special guests, on hand at 5 p.m. for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
It also will host special events, the first of which is April 18 at 6 p.m. featuring A Woven Thread, founded by refugee women who braid silk ribbons into fabric necklaces they sell to support themselves.
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