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Ridgites toast opening of beloved neighborhood coffee chain’s newest location

Coffee buzz: Ridgites, family, and friends joined Cocoa Grinder owner Abdul Ellenani, center, and his wife Ayat, right of center, to celebrate the opening of the cafe’s new location, on Fourth Avenue at 95th Street.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

Call it good, caffeinated fun.

Coffee buzz: Employees at the new location of the Cocoa Grinder, on Fourth Avenue at 95th Street in Bay Ridge, made their first batch of caffeinated drinks at the Saturday opening celebration.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

Ridgites got buzzed at the May 4 grand opening of the newest location of a beloved neighborhood coffee chain.

Play time: MiMi the clown made balloons for youngsters in the kids’ play area at the May 4th opening celebration of the Cocoa Grinder’s new location, on Fourth Avenue at 95th Street in Bay Ridge.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

Born-and-bred Ridgite Abdul Elenani said his local roots inspired the opening of the area’s third outpost of Cocoa Grinder, located on Fourth Avenue at 95th Street.

Caffeine-free fun: Suri Razavi pet a goat at the May 4th opening of the new location of the Cocoa Grinder, on Fourth Avenue at 95th Street in Bay Ridge.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

“I like Bay Ridge — it’s my hometown,” said Elenani, who now calls the distant land of Staten Island home.

Sugar-fueled fun: Saif Abdelrahim enjoyed a cotton candy treat at the May 4th opening celebration of the new location of the Cocoa Grinder, on Fourth Avenue at 95th Street in Bay Ridge.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

The party included plenty of coffee, along with candy, face painting, and balloons for the neighborhood’s youngest coffee fiends, who have a dedicated place to play in the café’s indoor play pen.

Photo by Steve Solomonson

The opening marked the chain’s 13th location, a dozen of which are in Kings County. Elenani, who started the coffee company in 2013, said he plans to open more locations in the Borough of Churches, and attributes his success to offering a combination of good grub and drinks.

“It serves both purposes of good coffee and good food,” he said.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@schnepsmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.

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