By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario - Patrons of The Grind can expect a new buzz - and we're not talking about caffeine.
The downtown coffee house, which opened its doors in 2010 as Cornwall's new espresso bar and Internet cafe, will now be serving alcohol to entice new customers into their colourful multi-level establishment.
Mother-daughter duo Sue and Kay Martin, the owner-operator and manager of The Grind, are glad to pour something new in their cups: beer and wine.
"With every business there comes a time were you need to grow and make changes," said Kay. "With The Grind, we decided to change up the menu, look into being open later, introducing alcohol, and a tapas menu in the evening. In the future we will be adding a few microbrewed beers on tap and have specialty coffees."
The Martins also run The Social just around the corner at 130 Sydney Street - formerly known as 'The Church on Sydney' - which used to be the Baptist Church and Union Hall.
The Social, a conference and event centre, is home to an ongoing concert series. A licensed cash bar with refreshments is made available at all events.
The Grind hosts a monthly open mic night to provide a stage for youth and up-and-coming talent in the community, and its walls are constantly covered with the work of local artists.
They also provide catering, as well as delivery service to businesses in the area.
"Cornwall is a beautiful, eclectic, and thriving city," she said. "We are passionate about showcasing our local talent."
For more information, visit The Grind at 35 Second Street East or check out their Facebook page.