Bistro Youth Center opens to public
That morning cup of coffee could rev-up teen activities and youth services if purchased at the new Bistro Youth Center.
After a two year regrouping, the Tree House Center for Youth has proudly opened the doors to its new 21st century teen center at 1014 N. Fifth St. in Menagerie Square.
The center is a safe, friendly place for teens to gather, play games and socialize.
“Youth centers used to be a few pool tables and a basketball court,” said Cody Moore, executive director, “But this is the iPod generation so our center resembles a coffee shop.”
The project has taken a long time to complete, due to a long sale process for the old location, a nine-month remodel to the new location, Moore said.
Now, the 2,000-square-foot space has a fresh and modern ambience. The fully-stocked kitchen offers over 100 menu items including high quality coffee drinks, panini and freshly baked pastries. The prices have been kept low to compete with other businesses nearby who want teenaged business.
“For a long time, we’ve wanted a teen center that was centrally located so that all the high school students could enjoy it,” Moore said.
When school begins, Moore said, the center will offer a lunch special to Grand Junction High School students. There will also be after-school activities such as homework assistance, music lessons, and entertainment.
In addition to food, the new center has free Xbox and Wii gaming centers.
Moore encourages adult members of the community to use the coffee shop as well. “We want it to be self-sustaining so when you spend here you’re helping local teens,” he said.
The Bistro Youth Center is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday. It is currently closed on weekends. These hours will change when school starts.