On the last day of its crowdfunding campaign, Home.Stead Cafe is a little more than halfway toward its goal — but the Dorchester bakery is on track, the team behind it announced on Facebook today.
"We have some very generous friends who are going to help us bridge the funding gap with a loan, so this project is going to happen," the post reads, ending with an emphatic "Thank you sooo much!" Work to ready the space will begin in June and the company is eyeing October 1 for a grand opening, its website indicates.
As previously reported, Home.Stead Cafe will be a community-centered bakery and coffeeshop located inside a historic Fields Corner building at Dorchester Avenue and Adams Street. The local people behind the project, baker Elisa and business person Vivian Girard, and non-profit executive Jack Wu, are committed to that mission by vowing on their cafe's IndieGogo page to hire locally, invest in training programs for youth interested in entrepreneurship, host public events, and celebrate cultural diversity through the fare they serve.
When it opens its doors this fall, Home.Stead Cafe will offer breakfast items, including a Belgian waffle, quiche of the day, and toasted local bagels; kale and rice salad, a portobello mushroom sandwich, and a tuna melt for lunch; and baked goods, including something called a Beantown tart. For drinks, it'll have espresso, fresh juices, and homemade shrubs — a refreshingly tart drink made with fruit, sugar, vinegar, and seltzer.
With 11 hours to go as of this writing, 136 have so far pledged more than $31,000 toward Home.Stead's $60,000 goal. The IndieGogo campaign is one that will collect its dues whether the mark is met or not.