Three Dorchester residents are turning to the community to try to raise the money needed to turn an empty space in the Linane Building, 1448 Dorchester Ave., into a cafe that will focus on both baked goods and the community.
Elisa and Vivian Girard, who live in Fields Corner, and Jack Wu, who lives in Ashmont, hope to raise $60,000 by May 5 on their Indiegogo site to open Homestead Bakery and Cafe:
Our independent and locally owned café will be a gathering space for people from all walks of life. We will offer tasty food and excellent coffee in a cozy, inviting setting. It will be a place where neighbors meet, community events are held, and ideas are exchanged.
They say they would pay their workers fair wages and create a job-training program for local teens.
The $60,000 would be in addition to the $100,000 loan they are negotiating with the Boston Impact Initiative, which focuses on loans in "communities who have been impacted by racial, social and economic inequality."
The three also held a fundraising party on Friday.