A new hangout for Grand Junction teenagers is now open. Although the Teen Bistro operates just like a coffee lounge with a full menu, it's actually more of a youth center.
The Teen Bistro is located at 1014 N. 5th Street, just a few blocks south of Grand Junction High School.
It's run through the Tree House Center for Youth. All of the proceeds from the bistro go directly back to the Tree House Center, with the goal of having a self-sustaining operation.
The bistro features a full-retail coffee shop which serves not only teenagers but also adults. They also have a full menu with sandwiches, pastries and other lunch items.
It provides a safe environment for teens to relax, eat, play games, do homework or just socialize.
Board games, cards, Xbox and Wii are some of the fun options they offer.
According to Cody Moore, Executive Director of the Tree House Center for Youth, the bistro will also provide programs like homework assistance and music lessons to put teens to work doing healthy things.
"Statistics show that 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. are the at-risk hours, during the school year, those OST's, what they call them out of school time hours, when...the most crimes are committed by and against teens, during that time period. So we want to kind of fill that gap and provide healthy programming for teens," said Moore.
While the Teen Bistro obviously caters to teenagers, it's open to the public as well.
Their summertime hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Friday they're open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
They've only had a soft open so far, but they expect to be very busy once school is back in session.