Giddy Up Breakfast Cafe Juice and Smoothies: waking up to a fresh start in the Grove
If you’ve been to the Grove, own a business, or live in the neighborhood, it is probable that you have been in earnest search for that morning cup of coffee or quick bite to eat in the morning.
Re-introducing Giddy Up Breakfast Bar. Last opened by pastry chef Kate Morrisey and housed in Atomic Cowboy during morning hours, Giddy Up is now home of an evolving menu of delicious and healthy smoothies, juices, coffees, omelettes, and vegan and gluten-free options. Erica Constance Steinkamp is running the space, and has quite the experience and vision for it. Giddy Up will be unique in its high quality ingredients; currently, Erica is shopping at Whole Foods for all her ingredients. “I don’t use anything I wouldn’t have in my own kitchen,” she said. She will also be sourcing as locally as possible, a trend evident in most Grove food-serving establishments.
Erica has come full circle. She first started working at Atomic Cowboy just after they opened in the Grove. In 2005, she began practicing yoga, which ended up being a life-changing practice. Closing up the bar, she usually didn’t sleep until 5 a.m. – yoga was the practice that balanced that lifestyle. “I started an upward spiral,” she explained. She started leading a healthier life through her daily practices as well as in her relationships with others.
The last few years have been filled with traveling, becoming a certified yoga teacher, and studying nutrition. She has traveled all around the world, living in Los Angeles, Austin, Arizona, and even India and Nepal where she was able to study yoga at a deeper level through more formal schooling.
A few months ago, she returned to her home city and just a month ago approached the owners of Atomic Cowboy about renting space for a juice bar and yoga studio. The newly fashioned Giddy Up space seemed perfect for what she envisioned. She launched her menu of drinks and eats at Grove Fest, where she also sampled out her own specially made energy bars with natural ingredients. So far, the re-envisioned morning café has been well-received by community people.
Besides the space and the excellent working relationship Erica has with owners Jim Kellogg and Chip Schloss of Atomic Cowboy, the neighborhood itself was a factor in opening up Giddy Up. “I love and am passionate about this neighborhood,” Erica said. “I love the culmination of people here, plus the diversity and artistic vibe. I’m I exactly the right place.”
And Erica has witnessed huge transformation since she left in 2005. “This neighborhood was completely different. It’s amazing how it changed seemingly overnight.” When she left in 2005, Manchester sported a few bars and there was still a lot of vacant property; “all the buildings across the street were boarded up,” Erica said. “You didn’t see people walking, biking, walking their dogs… now, there’s more traffic, more liveliness. It’s more alive now.”
She hopes that through her business she will be contributing and giving back to the community. “It’s a mindful operation,” she explained. She hopes that the space will become a community center where people can come and share their visions. “I hope to expand to more than just coffee, juice and smoothies in the future,” Erica said. Ideas include adding a library with books on living holistically, cultivating community, and yoga, as well as a record player with Erica’s record collection, and other types of programming including yoga.
And she will be, very quickly. Starting Saturday, November 3 at 3 p.m., Erica will be offering affordable yoga classes at the Giddy Up space, and will be hosting them once a week after that for $7 a class. Erica is also hoping to partner with Urban Breath Yoga, the yoga studio in the Grove.
So come check it out! Currently on the menu is gluten-free French toast, made-to-order omelettes with fresh and local ingredients, yogurt parfait with homemade granola, an incredible list of smoothies and juices, and of course, coffee and much more. Get your morning fix Monday through Friday, 7 to 11 a.m. at 4140 Manchester, and your special Giddy Up yoga fix on Saturdays at 3 p.m. starting November 3.
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