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Little Bear Cafe

Wiktoria Piktel

Wiktoria Piktel

Wiktoria Piktel, Photo Editor

As their Project Explore, two seniors at Norwalk High School, Natalie Kurek (‘18) and Melissa Hawkes (‘18), take over the Little Bear Cafe and will bring it back to life.

With the 2017-18 school year unwinding, two students have taken on the task of managing the Little Bear Cafe under the supervision of Mrs. Dolan. During the 2014-15 school year the Little Bear Cafe was originally opened by Anthony Granchelli and Claire Rudden in March of 2015. Starting with bare walls and unfinished floors, the place was transformed.

With the help of students, staff, and the Fathers Club, the former woodshop room transformed into a student driven cafe.

Now, three years later the Cafe gains new ownership. “Our goal is to make the Little Bear Cafe more accessible to students. That does not mean necessarily selling food during lunch, but organizing events for classes and starting some new events that students can enjoy after school.” said Kurek (‘18). Some of those events will include various art shows, the Great Gatsby party for the English departments and award ceremonies throughout the year.

One new event is especially exciting for the young managers. “Not only do we want to manage the Cafe but we want to make it our own. The plan is to add an event that students can enjoy and one of them will be an open mic night.” explained Hawkes (‘18) with excitement.

Both girls are excited to be able to bring people together through various events and food. With a dream to open a vegan restaurant in the city during her retirement,“I love the experience I will gain from this project. The most rewarding part is seeing all the smiling faces when people try the food after we put all our effort in perfecting the event as a whole.” said Kurek (‘18) . She believes food is the best way to connect people, “If someone will tell me they don’t love food I will not believe them, with a variety of options satisfying vegans, vegetarians, meat lovers and everyone in between, everyone will find something they love.” Kurek (‘18) explained.

The first event hosted in the cafe was The Bear Gallery, a student run gallery which is a part of another project explore. Melissa reflected on the first event and claimed “We definitely have a lot to learn but with the help from our mentor, friends and staff we have come a long way. We really cannot wait to see the upcoming events unfold.”

Make sure to keep a look out for more information on the events taking place in the Little Bear Cafe and do not forget to stop by.

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