Jul 19, 2022 - Food and Drink

Osage Café expands to offer groceries in Lincoln Park

Inside a brightly-lit, small grocery store fill with various food items and produce.
Inside Osage Café's new location in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Photo: Esteban L. Hernandez/Axios

Lincoln Park residents have a place to buy their groceries.

Driving the news: Osage Café, a restaurant with a skills training program, is relaunching as Osage Café & Mercado on Tuesday.

Why it matters: Osage Café, operated by Youth Employment Academy (YEA), is a community institution in the Mariposa District near La Alma-Lincoln Park, the city's second-ever historic district.

  • Annie Hancock, director of resident and community connections at Denver Housing Authority, which is leasing the space for the cafe, said the agency identified access to food as a top priority when planning affordable housing development in the Mariposa District.

Details: Its new location at 1015 Osage St., on the ground floor of DHA's headquarters, puts the cafe and market next to the Regional Transportation District’s 10th and Osage station.

  • The market will offer dairy products, fresh produce, beef, poultry and canned goods.
  • Osage Café was originally opened in 2013 by YEA, which provides job training for young people and adults.

What they're saying: "We are here to learn from everybody and adapt to the larger neighborhood needs," Hancock told Axios Denver.

Of note: Kids can get free healthy snacks at Osage Café, including yogurt parfaits and peanut butter and jelly roll-ups.

  • The restaurant and market will host a grand opening Tuesday from 2-4pm, and will serve food prepared by chefs who are DHA residents
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