Home.stead Bakery & Cafe opened its doors at 6:30 this morning inside of the Lenane Building at 1445 Dorchester Ave. The Fields Corner venue had previously raised more than $30,000 via a crowdfunding campaign to help with the buildout. The independent cafe is meant to be "a gathering space for people from all walks of life...a place where neighbors meet, community events are held, and ideas are exchanged," according to the crowdfunding campaign.
The Home.stead owners include Ashmont resident and non-profit executive Jack Wu, Fields Corner resident and "baker goddess" Elisa Girard, and Fields Corner resident and "captain of industry" Vivian Girard. The team has expressed a commitment to hiring locally and paying fair wages, as well as training local youth who are interested in cafe business operations. They also plan to "celebrate cultural diversity through food" and host a variety of public events, from live music to storytelling to pop-up dinners.
The bakery and cafe serves breakfast pastries, OMG! bagels, sandwiches and panini, salads, and more, as well as a variety of coffee, tea, and other cafe beverages. Home.Stead is open from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.