Lorca opens new Greenwich location at Fleishers
Stamford’s Lorca coffee shop has carved out a new space in Fleishers Craft Butchery’s Greenwich storefront.
Located in the Cos Cob business district The Hub, Lorca opened its second coffee parlor amid Thursday morning’s snow. The locally owned business, launched by Stamford resident Leyla Dam on Bedford Street in 2012, will operate in the space where Fleishers once ran a cafe.
Greenwich’s Lorca will offer similar coffee and food options as its Stamford location with a few exceptions. For the first few months, at least, the breakfast menu will be pared down, Dam said, though it will include a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich using Fleishers’ bacon, as well as some yogurt and pastry options.
Instead of its signature churros, the Greenwich Lorca will feature empanadas made using Fleishers’ chorizo and beef.
The business arrangement arose earlier this year while Dam was looking at another Cos Cob storefront, she said. After looking at the space, she dropped by Fleishers to buy meat for dinner and noticed its former cafe space empty. A conversation about what it would be evolved into her calling Fleishers CEO Samantha Garwin to discuss a potential partnership.
“We realized we have a very symbiotic relationship in terms of our philosophies,” Dam said. “Similar to how they partner with their farms, we’re farm-to-cup of coffee. Everything’s organic and we know the name of the farmer where our milk comes from.”
Given Fleishers’ strict policies about its meats — no antibiotics, no growth hormones and only pasture-raised animals — Dam decided to forgo her formerly vegetarian diet several years ago when she discovered its Westport butchery, she said.
“I was a vegetarian mostly due to animal cruelty,” Dam said. “And when I walked into Craft (now Fleishers) in Westport, you could see where the animals are raised and hear how they’re treated. It made me feel comfortable with eating meat again.”
As with her Stamford shop, Dam aims to make her new Greenwich spot community oriented.
“I’ve always wanted a space where customers can come in and feel at home. A lot of people don’t get that much human interaction at work, so sometimes their five-minute exchanges with a barista can be the highlight of their day,” she said. “I couldn’t find that before in Connecticut so I decided to make it myself.”
Another similarity between the two locations is a limited amount of seating, with Greenwich having 10 chairs.
Looking ahead, Dam hopes to someday open another location with more seating but is focused for now on making Greenwich a success, she said.
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