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Brookland Park group puts brakes on Streetcar Café

Streetcar Cafe at 10 E. Brookland Park Blvd. is no longer operational as a coffee shop. (PHOTO: J. Elias O’Neal)

Streetcar Cafe at 10 E. Brookland Park Blvd. is no longer operational as a coffee shop. (PHOTO: J. Elias O’Neal)

RICHMOND, Va. — The concept for a recently closed Northside neighborhood coffee shop space is about to change.

Streetcar Café at 10 E. Brookland Park Blvd. is no longer open daily, said Derek McDaniels, executive director of the Nehemiah Community Development Corp., a nonprofit that opened the coffee shop in June 2015.

Since early October, McDaniels said the 1,800-square-foot space has been available to rent for events and meetings, but no longer serves as a permanent coffee shop.

Nehemiah Community Development Corp. owns the site, and McDaniels said the group has listed the space with broker Sara Williamson of Richmond-based Colliers International to help secure a restaurant tenant.

The nonprofit, which touts its work with area merchants and community stakeholders in the greater Brookland Park neighborhood, secured about $120,000 in city-funded grants more than a year ago to upfit the location and establish Streetcar Café and the Brookland Park Bike Co-op in the space.

The bike co-op is also in the process of moving of out the location in search of new digs, McDaniels said.

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