Cheyenne River Youth Project Opens New ‘Keya Cafe’

 

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EAGLE BUTTE, SOUTH DAKOTA —The Cheyenne River Youth Project today held the grand opening of its new Keya Cafe located inside the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center at CRYP. As the organization’s first business venture, the cafe offers a full range of coffee beverages, drinks, smoothies and pastries, as well as a full-service breakfast menu.

The cafe features locally-sourced ingredients and produce from CRYP’s two-acre organic garden and everything on the menu, including the pastries and granola, are made fresh, on-site every morning.

“The Keya Cafe is an excellent venue for the produce from our garden and offers our community a new place to gather and eat breakfast,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “At the same time, it is providing local jobs, skills training and a sustainable source of income for our organization’s programs and services. We are proud to begin this new venture which all of us have worked so hard to bring to life.”

The cafe features coffee beverages, juices, smoothies, breakfast burritos, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, as well as homemade zucchini bread and banana bread, to name just a few delicious items on the menu.

Keya, which means “turtle” in the Lakota language, represents fertility, family and community. The Turtle, who lives in two worlds – on land and in water – also represents Native people, who live and work side by side with their neighbors in the world. Start-up funding for the cafe was provided by a grant from the John T. Vucurevich Foundation.

Additionally, the cafe will also sell Keya Cafe brand coffee beans and mugs for customers who may not live in Eagle Butte, but want to support the cafe through its retail sales.

The normal hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 7:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. for breakfast; 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Coffee shop will be open; Closed Sundays.

For more information on how to purchase specialty beans and mugs, please email keya.cafe@gmail.com. For updates and special offers, please follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/keyacafecoffee.

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