There once was a vacant, dilapidated, multi-colored building across from Recreation Park in Ypsilanti. That building, referred to as the Little Red Building is soon to have a new occupant. Beth Kwiatowski won a short bidding war after the property went to the county auction and now it looks like the vacant Little Red Building will become Little Bird Café, a neighborhood coffee shop. On September 1, the Ypsilanti City Council approved a reading of an ordinance to rezone the property from Core Neighborhood to Planned Unit Development. Plans for Little Bird Café include soups and sandwiches made in-house while breakfast foods and pastries will be provided by local dessert shops. Kwiatowski says Little Bird Café will be all about the coffee, offering beans from local roasters and a full coffee menu. She eventually wants to convert the café’s small garage into a roastery. Kwiatowski will bring six years’ experience as a roaster and barista to her new venture. She ran a coffee bar at Whole Foods for six years and she said she loved the experience.
“I really wanted to do this myself and have it be my own and not someone else’s coffee shop—all my rules,” Kwiatowski said.
Kwiatowski has a long list of building repairs ahead of her before the café is ready to open its doors. She plans for a spring opening.
908 N. Congress St.