By Christine Graf
Christine Hernandez is the new owner of The Broadway Grind at 493 Broadway in Saratoga Springs. The Long Island native is also the owner of Allo Saratoga, a business that opened at 25 Lawrence St. in November 2021.
“Allo has an indoor play space for children, and in addition to open play, we have classes for kids as well as workshops for parents, childbirth education classes, and new parenting groups,” said Hernandez. “I always wanted to own a coffee shop, and when I saw that Broadway Grind was for sale, I realized it was the perfect opportunity to marry the two businesses. I can walk between the two spots, and I’m pretty hands-on at each business.”
The Broadway Grind seats 25 and has a patio and sidewalk permit. Since taking over ownership of the coffee shop in July, Hernandez has been focused on growing the business. “We already have some collaborations lined up,” she said. “We have some events planned for after hours. We have a cookie and coffee event with Scotia Sweets and an event with the Norwegian Candle Co. We also plan on doing more collaborations,” she said. Hernandez also hopes to partner with local food businesses to host what she describes as pop-up dinner residencies at The Broadway Grind.
“We have a full kitchen, and we’re hoping to use the kitchen in a pop-up capacity,” she said.
The Broadway Grind has a limited food menu that includes baked goods, overnight oats, and chia seed pudding. The drink menu has a variety of coffee and specialty drinks.
The Broadway Grind offers unlimited complementary iced or hot coffee to those who have annual Allo memberships. In addition to annual memberships, Allo offers monthly memberships as well as day rates for drop-in play. The Broadway Grind is open every day from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Allo Saratoga’s daily schedule can be found at allotoga.com.