Bridgeport Cafe is a healthy alternative to traditional fast-food establishments that are overly prevalent in our urban neighborhoods. Not only does the restaurant provide fresh hand-crafted sandwiches, soups, wraps, salads and other healthier options, it sells fresh locally-grown produce. Families on fixed incomes can purchase the produce using their EBT cards (food stamp cards). The Cleveland Plain Dealer has included a review of and article and editorial about Bridgeport Cafe, and NewsChannel 5 covered the project as well.
In June 2013, we placed the Bridgeport Mobile Market in service. It will take fresh produce to the people; thereby, eliminating food deserts throughout the eastside of Cleveland. This development is a result of several stakeholder planning efforts that all called for better food access in the Lower Kinsman neighborhood. The Cleveland Plain Dealer covered the Bridgeport Mobile Market here.
By establishing Bridgeport Cafe, Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. (BBC) aims to complete the cycle of field-to-plate by aligning its retail, health & wellness, and economic development efforts. These initiatives include community gardens, the Urban Agriculture Innovation Zone, the Neighborhood Landscaping Initiative, and Green City Growers Hydroponic Greenhouse. Bridgeport Cafe is just one component of BBC’s MC2 Food Access Initiative. In addition to the Cafe and Mobile market, BBC simultaneously developed CornUcopia Place. More information about CornUcopia Place and other BBC programs and projects is available at www.bbcdevelopment.org.