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New café opens inside Peoria city hall

Posted 5/23/24

Hanai, a new nonprofit restaurant, has opened inside Peoria city hall.

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New café opens inside Peoria city hall


Hanai, a new nonprofit restaurant, has opened inside Peoria city hall.

Hanai is Hawaiian for "chosen family" and the café employs youth who are in transitional housing programs or who have aged out of foster care. All of Hanai’s proceeds go to their nonprofit called Friends of Ohana. Hanai trains and hires approximately 50 foster youth a year to give them job experience and responsibility in a work setting.

The menu includes beverages such as espresso, cold brew, teas, refreshers, frappes,and energy drinks. There are also a variety of baked goods including muffins and danishes, acai, breakfast sandwichs and bowl, waffles with toppings, lunch sandwiches & wraps, and salads.

Hanai replaces the old Peoria city hall café, Java Grounds, whose owner retired and sold the café to Friends of Ohana, which operate two Hanai locations to support young adults aging out of the foster care system.

The café hours are Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information about Hanai, visit www.hanaiaz.com.