COLOMA — The vegan cafe inside of Arclight Brewing Co. that was creating a buzz this time last year has a new home.
Water & Wheat Vegan Cafe is now open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6218 M-63 North, in Coloma.
Josh Musinski, the vegan chef behind the cafe, said Arclight didn’t want to continue to have the bakery, so he set out this spring to find a new home for it.
“We wouldn’t have done this if it wasn’t for Dave (Coyle) catalyzing it. He really got the fire under me,” Musinski said.
He said he and his wife, Kerry Hagy, finally found the old Hagar Beach Cafe after several months of looking in several different counties.
“This space was close to our home. It had a kitchen we didn’t have to do a lot to and it was plenty big to satisfy our needs,” said Musinski, who lives in Watervliet.
The cafe part of the business offers an ever-changing vegan menu, and the front part of the building serves as a market with local produce for sale.
Hagy said being able to have the market, and stock it, helps them be able to source local products for the kitchen, because it’s a little more of a reason for farmers to make those deliveries.
The market has pumpkins, squash, coffee, syrups, sodas, candied ginger, pasta, mushrooms and more.
“A lot of our dishes have mushrooms in them. They’re always in season. It’s great for us to be able to have a few key dishes that are based off of mushrooms. And they just have great applications,” Musinski said. “I order six pounds of mushrooms a week.”
He said to get people to come in and buy them, he plans to teach them how to cook them.
“It’s all kind of tied in to support our work and the farmer’s work,” Musinski said.
Soon Water & Wheat will announce a series of cooking classes for every level of cook.
“Part of the reason it’s important that this space is big enough, and we’re only open three days a week, so we have the other days to do different programming,” Musinski said.
He said they have no shortage of ideas on how to expand in the future.
“I would love to do beach weddings somehow in the future. Have them get married down there, then come up here for dinner and have a big tent outside for dancing,” he said. “The potential is big.”
The cafe has seating for about 60 right now and has six employees, other than Musinski and Hagy.
They said they plan to change the menu all the time.
“We’re going to really celebrate seasonal produce in ways to where we put a lot of time and effort into it so they’re a little higher premium,” Musinski said. “But we’re reasonably priced because we want to compete with all the places in the area and be comparable.”
He said each Sunday they will offer a special brunch menu.
“To make Sunday a little more special, but also to give us, because we love brunch, at least one day a week where we can make an awesome brunch and show off stuff,” he said. “Like make a special donut just for Sunday and really have a reason for people to come out Sunday.”
They haven’t set a date for a grand opening event yet, but they’ll be open each weekend through the whole winter. The hours on Friday and Saturday are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday it’s open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information, visit the Water & Wheat Cafe Facebook page.
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