A new partnership between Guadalupe Street Coffee and Cruzan’s, a family-owned restaurant known for its artistic and healthy approach to traditional comfort foods, blends healthy eating with healthy living, all in a hip, safe haven for youth located on San Antonio’s West Side.
For more than five years, Guadalupe Street Coffee – sponsored by BCFS Health and Human Services – has been a safe and positive after-school haven for students on San Antonio’s West Side. With a focus on increasing school retention and enhancing teens’ likelihood of graduation, the coffee shop became a hot spot for club meetings, study groups, art shows and more. However, in recent years, Guadalupe Street Coffee found its health and human service mission competing with the restaurant responsibilities inherit in operating in a full-service café
That’s why, this month, the coffee shop unveiled a new partnership with Cruzan’s, a family-owned restaurant known for its artistic and healthy approach to traditional comfort foods. Now known as Guadalupe Street Coffee y Cruzan’s, the latter will operate as a restaurant from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on weekdays and 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Saturdays, then make way for the former to provide youth and community-focused programs, such as mentoring, GED classes, resume-building workshops and more. Various programs are offered on weekdays as well as weekends by Guadalupe Street Coffee, BCFS Health and Human Services, and other community partners.
“Our shared focus on promoting healthy living – whether that’s through eating well or getting help to pursue higher education – makes this a complimentary and comprehensive partnership that can really benefit our community,” said Ben Delgado, BCFS Executive Vice President – International and Community Operations.
Shortly after opening his catering and personal chef business, Chef Keith Cruzan relocated to the heart of the cultural arts district with a mission to bring more healthy eating options to West Side San Antonians. He began offering cooking classes to the public, as well as local nonprofits, in order to educate local residents on proper nutrition. “Hopefully, this restaurant will be a way for me to give back to a community that has supported my family and my business from the very beginning,” said Cruzan.
Cruzan’s offers a variety of menu options ranging from gourmet sandwiches to classics, plus unique dishes like the Paleo Chicken and Waffle Salad. A variety of freshly-made meals are also available for pick up along with a small retail area for take-home healthy options. Guadalupe Street Coffee y Cruzan’s also boasts a full coffee bar featuring organic fair trade coffees and from scratch flavor bases.
Guadalupe Street Coffee y Cruzan’s is located at 1320 Guadalupe Street. For more information about this partnership, as well as menu options, daily specials and hours of operation, please visit www.DiscoverBCFS.net/GuadalupeStreetCoffeeyCruzans.