kusanya cafe

Kusanya Cafe is a small, labor of love oasis in Chicago's Englewood community.  The inline espresso bar was conceived to provide a place of empowerment and encouragement to residents through a high-quality coffee establishment. Created as a safe haven on a strict budget, the cafe endured over four years of ownership changes and financing difficulties in one of the city's most notorious, but evolving neighborhoods. The space highlights existing vintage features like the penny tile floor, while utilizing salvaged material throughout.

Year: 2013
Size: 1500 sf
Location: Chicago
Typology: Hospitality