In a continued sign of the revival of Oak Park and Broadway in general, Broadway Coffee is opening at 32nd & Broadway in Oak Park in the first half of June, with an official grand opening in July.
I e-mailed with the owner Charles Bergson recently so he could tell us a little more about his new business.
1. Will you roast your own coffee, or get it wholesale?
Wholesale coffee and will be serving Temple Coffee.
2. How will you be different from the nearby 40 Acres location?
Broadway Coffee is a community oriented coffee house serving the Oak Park community and the surrounding neighborhoods and businesses. Our pricing and fare will reflect market prices for service to residents , businesses, churches and establishments throughout Oak Park. We also plan to stage cultural and educational performances including music, community forums, and art.
3. Will you be serving food? If so, what types?
Broadway Coffee will be serving coffee, specialty coffees, and teas with pastries, light foot fare consisting of sandwiches, ready made salads.
4. If you have a full kitchen, is there anything notable about the chef?
Broadway Coffee will not have a kitchen as we are designed to be a coffee house with the state of art coffee house equipment. The General Manager, Jimmy Gayaldo, has extensive experience in the Sacramento area’s food and restaurant industry. Mr Gayaldo has managed establishments such as McCormick and Schmicks and Carver’s Restaurants.
5. Have you worked in or owned a restaurant before? If so, how did that experience inform what you're doing now? If not, what made you want to open a cafe?
This is my first restaurant endeavor. I have served in the public arena for nearly forty years including the U.S. Navy and a range of public agencies, including diverse communities such as the cities of Malibu, Compton, West Hollywood, Monterey Park, and East Palo Alto. Having advanced these communities through the public arena, my focus now will be to advance the Oak Park community through the business arena.
6. There seems to be renaissance in that part of Broadway. What made you choose that location?
There is a revitalization in this Oak Park section of Broadway - the Oak Park Brewery just opened, Arthur Henry’s opened last year, there are many condominiums under construction or completed construction. There are also other new project under development as well as potential new commercial enterprises. The Broadway Triangle Development, also located in this vicinity, is close to completion and is composed of 22 row houses and nearly 10,000 square feet of retail space. I choose this area to open this business as it fits the profile for a community based coffee house and Broadway is a busy street.
If you're in the area, check out this new small business.
Broadway Coffee is located at 3200 Broadway, and can be found online at http://www.broadwaycoffeecompany.com/.
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