The Refuge Café --- a social enterprise of Catholic Charities Community Services, which assists refugees, foster children, veterans and domestic violence survivors --- reopened June 1 with limited seating and strict health and safety guidelines.
The Melrose District-based café at 4727 N. 7th Ave., which is implementing limited seating and strict health and safety guidelines, is offering coffee and fresh, homemade pastries from 7-11 a.m. Monday through Friday and is selling its private- label Refuge Coffee online.
Refuge Coffee is single-origin, ethically sourced Arabica beans locally roasted by veterans living at MANA House, a temporary living facility for veterans experiencing homelessness, where the roaster is operated, according to a press release.
“We excited to be able to reopen, even if on a limited basis, but are taking every precaution to protect the health and safety of our employees and our guests,” John Strawn, Refuge Café manager, said in a prepared statement. “We can’t wait to see our friends in the community again.”
Seating at the Refuge Café will be limited to a capacity of 14 with a maximum of four people per indoor table. Outdoor seating is also available. Masks are recommended.
All guests and employees must wash their hands for at least 20 seconds in warm or hot water with soap, and wipes will be provided to wipe down sink and door handles after each use.