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Mayor Walsh announces grand opening of City Hall Coffee Shop

The new coffee shop, Recreo Coffee, will welcome visitors to City Hall.

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As part of Boston's work to make City Hall more vibrant and welcoming to all who visit, Mayor Martin J. Walsh this week announced the grand opening of Recreo Coffee and Roasterie at Boston City Hall. Recreo Coffee is owned by Miriam and Hector Morales of West Roxbury, and sources its coffee beans directly from Miriam Morales' family farm in Nicaragua.

"City Hall belongs to all Boston residents, and I'm pleased with the City's progress to make City Hall a welcoming spot for everyone," said Mayor Walsh. "Miriam and Hector are wonderful shop owners who make a great cup of coffee, and I welcome employees, residents and visitors to City Hall to visit Recreo Coffee."

"We are thrilled to bring our shop to Boston City Hall to serve workers, residents and visitors who pass through each and every day," said owner Miriam Morales. "It's especially special to be able to bring my family's coffee beans from Nicaragua all the way to Boston, and we look forward to becoming part of Boston City Hall."

Recreo Coffee was chosen after a vendor request for proposals (RFP) process, managed by Boston Property Management and the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics. The City was impressed by Recreo Coffee's dedication to socially responsible partnerships with local organizations, including a program that promotes education and healthcare for the coffee bean farmers and their families, and their established location in the West Roxbury Main Street District.

Located on the third floor mezzanine, Recreo Coffee will be open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and will offer a full coffee menu along with baked goods and lunch options.

The opening of a coffee shop in Boston City Hall is part of the City's plan to make City Hall Plaza a more activated, inclusive space for all. Additional projects include "Boston Seasons" which features a summer picnic area on City Hall Plaza for the summer and established Boston Winter, a family-friendly winter holiday market and skating rink, on City Hall Plaza last winter.

The coffee shop is part of the renovations underway in the City Hall lobby, included in the master plan to reenvision public spaces in City Hall, which is scheduled to be completed this summer.

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