More than 57 years after Saratoga’s Caffé Lena opened for business, the now world-famous acoustic music venue is celebrating its first birthday all over again.
With the help of a long list of donors, including a philanthropic partnership with Bonacio Construction, Inc, the nonprofit Caffé Lena was transformed from timeworn loft space to state-of-the-art venue and community center.
The renovations, started in 2016 and completed over the course of 2017, stabilized the late-Victorian building, increased occupancy, made the second floor performance space handicap-accessible, and created a home for the venue for decades to come.
Officials said since reopening 12 months ago, Caffé Lena has seen a surge of new life. Now open nearly every night, the schedule includes concerts, open mics, theatrical performances, musical workshops, community forums, children’s concerts, and more.