Good things brewing
Common Grounds remains as vital community meeting place
By Willie Kiernan
People have gotten the wrong impression; Common Grounds is not leaving.
"I created Common Grounds for the community and as a permanent home for Project Caf (c) and I remain committed to that mission," said Bob Hood.
Hood opened up the coffeehouse at 35 Albany St. in January of 1999 as a home and headquarters for Project Caf (c), a student led non-profit organization to improve the quality of life in Cazenovia by promoting drug-free and alcohol-free activities, art, music, community service and scholarship.
"Not only is Common Grounds staying, but it is expanding its menu in order to be economically viable as the home for Project Caf (c)," Hood said.
For the past three years, Common Grounds has gone through some changes, including a closing for remodeling, as the business passed from Hood's hands to Ben Eberhardt from the Colgate Inn. A sign was put on the door the Tuesday after Memorial Day saying farewell to the community giving the community the wrong impression. The coffeehouse is closed for renovations but will be open again soon as Dave's at Common Grounds.
"The renovations are needed to accommodate the cooking and dishwashing requirements for the fine menu items that Dave's Diner, of Manlius, will soon be serving," Hood said.
Dave's Diner is a Manlius area favorite for breakfast and lunch seven days a week.
"We look forward to our re-opening in July," Hood said.
Dave Conner and 20 year Cazenovia resident Matt Judge have partnered up to manage the newest incarnation of Common Grounds. They intend to serve all or most of the favorite menu items, food and beverage, that Common Grounds has been known for as well as adding a regular diner-type breakfast menu with table service.