LORAIN — Union Town Provisions, owned by Tim Scholl and Shawn Grieves, opened Wednesday after months of work to bring the 130-year-old building up to shape.
While the new cafe was originally slated to open mid-January, it welcomed an eager crowd of locals and visitors alike about a month after the couple’s expected start date.
“Everyone was like, ‘You’re never going to get this done,’” Grieves said. “And I’m like, trust me, I will.”
Serving an abbreviated menu until approved for a liquor license, and the hood for soups and hot lunches, the cafe saw a steady flow of Lorain County natives, from council members to business folk.
“We have all these chain restaurants around here, and I really do think people are looking for something that is locally owned and providing local cuisine,” he said.
In the coming weeks there are plans for weekend brunch featuring gospel groups and other musical entertainment, a high tea and happy hour with Mediterranean dishes.
“I had an idea of what I wanted it to look like and I know like there’s no place to get fresh cheese, fresh bread, there’s no bakery around here, so I just wanted to combine it all,” he said.
Circa-1930s tiled walls are set against a sanded wood floor, tin roof and a lemur-clad wall. The brightly colored wallpaper is a “talk piece,” Grieves said.
Special to its opening day was a number of bouquets from Zelek Flower Shop dotting the countertops.
“People are sending flowers like I’m sick,” Grieves laughed. “Maybe I’m sick in the head for opening a cafe, but hey, it’s working, and I like it.”
Union Town Provisions is at 422 Broadway. It is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.