There’s a new kid in town at 255 East Avenue, invited by the Farash Foundation to open a café serving the employees at the office building.
And the newcomers are literally kids. The café is a new addition to the youth apprenticeship program run by the Hillside Family of Agencies. Profits from the cafe will help fund Hillside’s programs, and youth will have opportunities for paid work to help them build employment skills.
“It’s a café with a cause,” said Hollis Budd, executive director of the Farash Foundation, which owns the building and is providing the space as an in-kind donation.
Budd knew that Hillside operated similar two similar ventures in the city and reached out to the nonprofit to see if it wanted to run a third after a prior tenant who’d run a concession there moved out.
Those working in the building, which includes M&T Bank until the end of this month, the IRS and the Farash Foundation, had become accustomed to getting sandwiches, salads and breakfast foods onsite.
Now they’ll be able to do so again, with a portion of their purchases going to support the nonprofit Hillside, Budd said.
The new East Side Café opened this week and the location will also be used by the Hillside Kitchen catering service.
“It’s a great amenity for the staff in this building,” she said. The café will not be open to the public.
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