MILWAUKEE — We're Open took on special meaning at Rise and Grind on Friday. While joining the Juneteenth celebration, the restaurant was also the first of eight businesses selected for a summer-long promotion.
The Historic King Drive Buiding Improvement District kicked off their Cash Mob program. The goal is to support black businesses on MLK Drive and in the surrounding area to help them offset the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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"Cash Mob is our opportunity for individuals to go and support on and around Dr. Martin King Drive," explains DeShea Agee, Executive Director of the Historic King Drive BID. "We're starting here at Rise and Grind Cafe and we have another seven locations that we have on and around King Drive.
Those other spots include other restaurants and sports bars, and retail.
"We want people to support local businesses right here," Agee says. "We know that we have dealt with COVID in different ways, businesses have suffered. Our effort at the King Drive BID was to ensure that businesses that we work with have an opportunity to get visibility."
Rise and Grind Cafe offers more than coffee and pastries. They have a full sandwich now, highlighted by the Corned Beef Sandwich.