Trinity Café almost is ready to open its new home in a renovated building at 2801 N. Nebraska Avenue.
Café staff members plan to begin serving meals to homeless and working poor people on Tuesday, April 30. A “building dedication and tour” is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on May 14.
Last year Trinity representatives said they planned to move café operations from the Salvation Army building at 1603 N. Florida Ave. Trinity’s co-founder, Jeffrey Darrey, said the café had outgrown the shared facilities and needed a permanent location.
Trinity Café bought two parcels on Nebraska in 2011, including the site of a former sporting goods manufacturer. In past months workers have remodeled the building, installed fences and paved a parking lot.
The site abuts the V.M. Ybor neighborhood. Residents and members of the V.M. Ybor Neighborhood Association unsuccessfully pleaded with city officials for help in blocking the café from opening. They said they worried problems seen outside the café’s Florida Avenue location would move to their neighborhood: large crowds waiting for meals, loitering, littering, and people sleeping on sidewalks or seeking shelter inside vacant homes.
Café leaders have said the outreach will be a good neighbor and minimally affect the neighborhood. They also said many worries were based on preconceived notions.