Community cafe the Congregation opens Thursday in Detroit neighborhood
An historic church is getting a second chance at bringing people together as the Congregation opens Thursday in Detroit, serving as a cafe, bar and rental space.
Located near the Boston Edison and Atkinson neighborhoods of Detroit on Rosa Parks near Chicago, the Congregation is set to debut to the public at 7 a.m. Thursday. A grand opening ceremony with Mayor Mike Duggan and City Council Member Mary Sheffield, plus a performance by local musician Apropos is scheduled for 5 p.m.
Thursday evening will also be the unveiling of a new window sculpture at the cafe by Erik and Israel Nordin of Detroit Design Center.
The former 1920s-era church, across from Gordon Park, will offer coffee and pastries in the morning and serve as a cocktail lounge in the evenings with some food. Besides a cafe and bar, the Congregation will be used for community events, like a silent book club gathering on March 25.
The 2,000-square-foot restored space can also be rented out for private events. An outdoor beer garden is planned for the warmer monhts.