A local favorite, The Grind coffee shop located at 360 Communipaw Avenue will soon have a pop-up at Berry Lane Park. In a recent development meeting, The Grind received a contract awarding it with a contract to take over the park’s retail concession area. Read on to learn more about The Grind expanding to Berry Lane Park in Jersey City.
What’s To Come
The Jersey City Redevelopment Agency (JCRA) held a special virtual meeting on Monday, May 24 during which the resolution’s public document shows the commissioners awarded a contract to Grind Coffee, LLC for “Berry Lane Park food, beverage, and retail concessions within the Morris Canal Redevelopment Area.” The resolution states the coffee shop will be able to provide their services to the specified area for a one-year term, taking effect “immediately.”
(Photo Credit: @grindcoffeejc)
In November 2020, Berry Lane Park shared an update on its Instagram account about the Berry Lane Park Pavilion along with a picture of the “coming soon!” poster and a fenced-off concession stand area.
The post reads: “UPDATE: There will be one final building inspection this upcoming week. Once that passes the city then needs to obtain their C of O (certificate of occupancy). They have passed all of our other inspections, this will be the final one. Grand opening date TBD. We’re also waiting to hear what the bathroom hours will be as well as who is running the vending. We will keep you posted, but this is major progress for our park!”
What We Know
Hoboken Girl has learned that so far there is no movement as far as the concession stand area preparing to open, but as reported by Jersey Digs, “it could be fairly soon.” The soon-to-come pavilion area is no longer fenced off, so that already is a good sign!
^Photo: Berry Lane Park’s Concession Area
There are plenty of purple and orange colored chairs and tables for locals and visitors to sit at and take in the park’s green scenery. The park itself already has many families, teenagers, and kids enjoying activities such as the playground, the massive skatepark, tennis court, walking path, soccer field, and baseball field.
Berry Lane Park, located in the Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood right near the Garfield Avenue Light Rail station, opened in June 2016. The park, which was a $35 million project, consists of about 17 acres of property that used to be “rail facilities, junkyards, and auto repair shops.” The Berry Lane Skatepark celebrated its grand opening just last August and was funded in part by the Tony Hawk Foundation thanks to a $25,000 grant. The Skatepark is worth a visit on its own, even if you’re not a skater.
^Photo: Berry Lane Park
About The Grind
The Grind Coffee Shop, located at 360 Communipaw Avenue, offers a selection of hot and cold coffee beverages, tea, and pastries. The coffee flavors and lattes make people want to check out what the hype is all about. There’s even a “pupacchino” so you can treat your furry friend. Per the menu, the in-store flavors consist of vanilla, chocolate, Nutella, hazelnut, lavender, coconut, caramel, and almond joy.
The shop also has its own selection of merchandise including branded coffee mugs, “Jersey City vs Everybody” coffee blend and apparel, the “Spread Love” tee, baseball caps, and tote bags.
(Photo Credit: @grindcoffeejc)
Nearby, at 293 Sundyam Avenue, the owners opened up their own food market, The Grind General Store, in the summer of 2020. There, visitors will find packaged items, condiments, fresh fruit and vegetables, frozen and refrigerated items, and fresh coffee and pastries. The General Store is open daily from 8AM to 8PM and the Grind Coffee Shop is open daily from 8AM to 3PM.
Per the website, the idea behind The Grind came from the three partners’ “obsession with coffee and the ‘coffee culture’” and have a mission to bridge cultures and build communities “one cup at a time.”
For updates from The Grind Coffee Shop, follow them on Instagram here.