A new coffee shop in Cleveland’s historic Gateway District is billing itself as a catalyst for community growth. Mickey DeAngelo, the owner and head chef of Nexus Cafe & Coffeehouse, said the business will provide a place where people living and working downtown can serve their city through volunteer service opportunities.
“Nexus means a place of connecting, and that is precisely what we envision for this new cafe,” DeAngelo said. “At the heart of Nexus is a goal to be a catalyst for building a healthy and thriving community as well as a community empowered to address important local and global issues.”
The cafe will offer locally grown and produced ingredients as well as hand-crafted coffee from the highlands of Kepahyang, a renowned region of Sumatra. Berea-based Red Cedar Coffee Co. will roast the beans.
A portion of the proceeds from every coffee and meal purchased will be invested in the city through Nexus’ “Cleveland, I Love You” initiative. Through the program, Nexus will work with local nonprofits, churches and social agencies on community service initiatives.
DeAngelo previously was sous chef at Saucy Bistro in Westlake and executive chef at Vaccaro’s Trattoria in Akron. His Nexus menu will feature seasonal dishes, including items such as espresso encrusted pork tenderloin wraps, cream spinach grilled flatbread pizzas and wheat berry salads.
The 140-seat venue space will also host local musicians, artists, business speakers and a variety of other community-enrichment functions.