Fourteen East café moving to Ilitch School


Wayne State University has announced that Detroit-based Fourteen East will occupy the vacant retail space in the Mike Ilitch School of Business. The café is planning to open at the end of fall semester with a possible grand opening in January.

After recently moving out of its longtime Midtown location, the café will fill the first-floor space at the southeast corner of the Ilitch School building at 2771 Woodward Ave. Entry to the 700-square-foot space will be available via Woodward and through the building.

In addition to providing Ilitch School visitors and the local community with coffee and tea, the café offers a menu of cold sandwiches, toasted sandwiches, hot specialties, pastries, breakfast items and other items. Owner and CEO Joanne Czerny describes the menu as comfort food and basic lunch essentials colliding. Menu items range from about $2 for a bagel and cream cheese to about $9 for a lunch combo.

The café will continue to sell its usual rotating arrangement of gift items such as jewelry, coffee and tea. A limited selection of school supplies, such as blue books and scantron forms, will also be available for purchase.

Exact hours are yet to be determined, but Czerny plans to conduct a trial-and-error process to determine which hours best suit the population.

“This café has been part of Detroit for eight years, and it’s been a good experience,” said Czerny. “I’m excited for this new space in the Ilitch School, and I want to be flexible to suit the needs of the community.”

As sustainability is part of their mission statement, Fourteen East has gotten rid of everything plastic. All utensils and to-go boxes are recyclable.

 “We want to promote a friendly atmosphere. We want people to feel comfortable to sit with their friends and enjoy the serenity,” Czerny said.

Café décor will feature local artists on a Gallery Wall. WSU students, faculty and staff are welcome to contact Czerny regarding the possibility of having their work put on exhibit.

Warrior Dollars will not be accepted, but students and employees will be able to pay with their OneCard.

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