The Comfort Cafe, a donation-based, non-profit community kitchen and restaurant in Berkeley Park that was the second pay-what-you-can-afford spot in town, struggled from the start. Over its two-year existence, Comfort Cafe has had to close temporarily once and reduce its hours another time. But now owner Jan Bezuidenhout will close the cafe for good -- at least in its current location.
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That's because it can't afford the $6,000 overhead, according to a message on the cafe's website (see it below). However, Bezuidenhout hopes to open again in a new or shared space, or even in a food truck.
Meanwhile, the address, at 3945 North Tennyson Street, is slated to become the West End Tap Room, "a warm, welcoming and trendy pub," she adds. "A group of neighborhood entrepreneurs are excitedly moving forward with that project."
Here are the details on the few remaining days and the closing:
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We have just enjoyed a wonderful weekend at The Comfort Cafe, which makes the announcement to follow even more distressing than it might have been.
With very heavy hearts, the Board of Directors of The Comfort Cafe is announcing that it is no longer possible to sustain restaurant operations at 3945 Tennyson Street. We will be closing the Tennyson doors at the end of September. Please read the rest of this note carefully so you understand when we will be open, the special events that will be happening, our need for volunteers at specific times to help us with our transition, and our hopes and plans to re-emerge in the not too distant future, like a phoenix rising from the ashes.
September 15th - We will be open for breakfast, brunch and lunch from 8A - 3P. HUGE GARAGE SALE IN THE BACK YARD!
September 16th - We will be open for breakfast, brunch and lunch from 8A - 3P. HUGE GARAGE SALE IN THE BACK YARD!
September 22nd - We will be open for breakfast, brunch and lunch from 8A - 3P
September 23rd - Last day of regular service. We will be open for breakfast, brunch and lunch from 8A - 3P.
September 28th - 6P - 9P - THE LAST SUPPER - Final meal in the facility on Tennyson Street and transition ritual. We will be sending personal invitations to all the volunteers and guests who have made our work possible since 2010. If you don't get an invitation (because our lists are out of date and incomplete), please contact us for details. WE MUST HAVE RSVP's AND AN ACCURATE HEAD COUNT FOR THIS EVENT.
We will be organizing work days on September 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 24 and 29 and 30. An e-mail will be sent to our somewhat outdated volunteer list. If you are not on this list and would like to be included, please send a quick e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are keeping all of our restaurant equipment with the intent of re-opening in the not too distant future. We don't know exactly what that will look like yet. Our first choice is to find a commercial kitchen that will rent or share space so we can continue catering and meal delivery to the needy. We are also looking for inexpensive restaurant space. An organization like ours simply cannot afford overhead of $6,000.00 per month. We are also interested in exploring the possibility of obtaining a food truck and basing operations out of there. If you have ideas about how we might proceed, we are open to hearing them.
We know that many people are curious about what will become of the space The Comfort Cafe has occupied on Tennyson Street. It will become a warm, welcoming and trendy pub. A group of neighborhood entrepreneurs are excitedly moving forward with that project.
We thank you, friends and guests, volunteers and neighbors, for the profound support you have offered The Comfort Cafe during the past few years. Please hang with us during this transition, and do what you can (with generous donations of your time and money) to help us re-emerge to continue loving and feeding our community.
If you want to share thoughts or ideas with us, please contact Jan at 303.591.9828 or email@example.com.
The Comfort Cafe Board of Directors