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Grateful Grind coffee shop opens in University Heights

A new coffee shop opened in University Heights last month, offering nitro coffee, turmeric lattes and a light food menu.

Grateful Grind, 3225 Main St., is open seven days a week in the former Vasilis Express space.

Before opening the coffee shop, her first place, owner Angela Kunz worked at People Inc. for 20 years, finishing there as associate vice president.

When she designed the restaurant's interior, "I wanted everyone to be included, and feel as if they were walking into a home," she said. "I wanted it to be a judgement-free space where you could come and write a paper, or have coffee with your mom, anything."

Grateful Grind roasts and blends its own coffees, she said. One type is cold-brewed, then kegged and infused with nitrogen gas, and poured out of a stout tap. "The pour looks similar to a Guinness, visually appealing, cascading," she said.

The treatment results in a smoother taste and creamy affect, said Kunz. "I've had customers say, 'I didn’t want milk in this.' "

Other drinks include lattes made with turmeric or beetroot powder, and smoothies. Food includes breakfast sandwiches, bagels, wraps, salads, tacos and burgers.

In coming months, Kunz said, she will be training "some folks who are differently abled" so they can work at Grateful Grind.

As for the name, "I like the Grateful Dead," she said, "but it's also what are you grateful for?"

Hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Phone: 831-3739.

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