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“It started because someone gave me an opportunity," Michael Blackwell, owner of Café on the Corner describes his mantra to give back. The Blackwell's (Michael and his lovely wife Lateresa) are the owners of the Café on the Corner, located at 2700 Woodland Avenue on Pittsburgh's North Side.
My wife and I love where we live and our neighbors. "The Café was once the Home Plate Bar, reported as a community nuisance bar," said Lateresa. The people in the community complained about it. At that time the owner approached New Hope Church and asked if they would be interested in purchasing the building. The Church did and the community became involved to help clean, paint and turned it into the Café 'n' Creamery. The Café 'n' Creamery eventually closed, but the building continued to be used for events and meetings.
The Blackwell's decided the building was in good shape, the structure was beautiful and they knew this type of business was needed in the community. They submitted a business plan to The New Hope for Neighborhood Renewal and after a few tweaks it was approved by the Board. On August 30, 2014 Café on the Corner held its grand opening.
The Blackwell's invite you to feed your soul with the popular New Orleans Gumbo, Grilled Turkey Reuben, Panini's, wraps, hot soups, sweet desserts and more. You may be surprised to learn that Blackwell creates the Café homemade cuisine in a mini-kitchen in one corner of the former bar area. His mini-kitchen consists of a small confection oven, food warmer, deep fryer, hot plate and a microwave. This brings a new appreciation to the high expertise of his culinary skills.
The Blackwell's have also started a non-profit organization called "Kitchen of Grace." This organization will focus on workforce development through training in the catering and restaurant industry.
Learn more about the "Kitchen of Grace" here.
“to act as a catalyst for peace and healing in the community by offering opportunities to hire and raise up indigenous leaders through apprenticeship programs in hospitality training and business reentry”.
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