The Downtown Grind, A Wonderful New Addition To Downtown

Shortly after reading that a new cafe had opened  downtown, I was quick to contact Alana DeLong, the owner, to ask her a few questions and find out exactly what motivated her to choose downtown as the location for her new business. This is what she said:
Q What motivated you to open The Downtown Grind?
A I chose downtown because I love the atmosphere. Fort Wayne is a wonderful city with a beautiful downtown skyline. Downtown has so much to offer and I want to provide a comfortable and relaxing environment where they can enjoy the big city feel and the gorgeous view.
Q Why did you choose to locate downtown?
What motivated me to open Downtown Grind was I found the right place and what I have been dreaming of. This has been a life long dream of mine to be able to open a coffee shop and make people feel comforting and relaxed. My family has been very supportive and encouraged me to fulfill my dream.
Along with coffee, the DTGrind is also serving up chai, as well as food such as sandwiches and soups.  Many of which come from her own grandmother’s recipes. You can fin the Downtown Grind on Facebook HERE or, which I strongly recommend, check it out for yourself. Then tell us what you think!
The Downtown Grind is located in the Landing Historic District at 200 Pearl Street next to the VanHalst Salon and Prana Yoga.

Downtown Grind coffee house opened Monday (much to the happiness of this Fort Wayne Newspapers employee, who can happily walk there from work in good weather), with a grand opening March 16. In addition to coffee drinks and chai, Downtown Grind will have small breakfast and lunch items, including hot ham and cheese sandwiches, barbecue pulled chicken and soups – the owner’s grandmother’s recipes.

The shop is in the former Pranayoga space, which has been refurbished to include a counter. The décor is warm and homey, and owner Alana DeLong hopes it becomes a downtown staple, joining in the Downtown Improvement District’s new Last Saturday events and hosting monthly euchre tournaments.

Downtown Grind even has a small, separate room that DeLong hopes will be used for meetings or conferences. Though the shop is closed on Sundays, she plans to offer the space up for small parties, such as baby or bridal showers.

-Journal Gazette


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