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Fresh Face: Grain
WHEN YOU WALK INTO Grain Craft Bar & Kitchen on State Street, certain things feel familiar—the original Candy Kitchen floor tile, the rooftop dining, the casual atmosphere where you can comfortably bring your date, your family, or your friends.
But other aspects feel fresh and new, such as the entertainment. “Live music is a big part of who we are,” says co-owner Lee Mikles. Small acoustic bands play 3-4 nights a week and other entertainment such as Trivia and Bingo rounds out the schedule. Something else that’s always fresh at Grain: the menu. The cuisine can be described as “creative tastes for regular folks,” and co-owner Jim O’Donoghue says the menu is frequently updated to improve it based on customer and staff feedback. At Grain, innovation is key.
But even more foundational to the vision of Grain is a commitment to the neighborhood and the relationships in it. As Mikles puts it, “We want to celebrate the community we’re in.”
Kennett Square is the second location for Grain. Grain first opened in Newarkin 2015. In Newark, says O’Donoghue, “We have so many people who have met people from their neighborhood. They get to know each other through Grain.” At a Community Table, folks get acquainted through Conversation Starter questions. On the walls hang caricatures of the frequent customers Mikles and O’Donoghue see connecting with others.
This is the vision they bring to Kennett: a gathering place with good entertainment, creative food, and, above all, a sense of connection.