One of the Region's best known coffee shops may soon start hosting concerts, pop-up restaurants, baby showers and other events in a nearby storefront.
Grindhouse Cafe in downtown Griffith just opened a new event space/music venue/community room a few doors down at 132 N. Broad Street. The venue, dubbed Space Revival, has taken over the long-vacant Griffith schools administrative office downtown.
Gabriel Mauch, who founded Grindhouse with his sister Kate, needed more storage and kitchen space for their popular coffee shop, which is known for its innovative drinks and artisanal sandwiches. They decided to open it up to the community so it can be rented for baby showers, bridal showers and live music shows.
"Griffith is up and coming," Gabriel Mauch said. "This is next logical step for the town to have a venue like this."
The Mauches also envision pop-up clothing stores, pop-up restaurants, and an annual holiday craft fair in Space Revival.
"We're going to leave it open for whatever it wants to be," he said. "It could be a pop-up restaurant for a weekend, a week, or a day. We see a lot of fundraisers over there."
Mauch said it's an extension of his "punk rock chamber of commerce" philosophy.
The venue can host 60 people seated, and 110 standing for live music. Mauch said it would likely be home to mostly the folksy, acoustic acts that typically play coffee shops.
The additional kitchen also will allow Grindhouse's pastry chef to make more treats, like the pecan bars Grindhouse distributes at Bombers BBQ in Munster and Mythic Monster Gaming in Highland. Grindhouse, which also operates a popular food truck, is looking to distribute its pastries more widely at other local businesses across Northwest Indiana.