1872 Cafe

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P1010254.JPG(Nov. 2012) Interior.jpgInterior photo from [WWW]The Rochesteriat. Used with permission.

431 West Main Street, Rochester, NY 14608 [Directions]
Hours (as of August 2015)
Monday - Sunday: 7:00AM to 7:00PM
585 730 7687
Wheelchair Accessible
<1872cafe AT gmail DOT com>

The 1872 Cafe is a cafe and coffeehouse in the Susan B. Anthony/COTS neighborhoods. It is part of the Voter's Block Community development, located on the site where Susan B. Anthony and fifteen other women attempted to vote illegally in 1872, hence the names. The cafe opened on August 18, 2012 in commemoration of the 92nd anniversary of the 19th Amendment. The interior features two murals depicting trailblazing women such as Anthony, Sojourner Truth, and Hillary Clinton, as well as newspaper clippings on the passage of the 19th Amendment.

The 1872 Cafe was originally sponsored by [WWW]Spiritus Christi Church as the anchor of Voter's Block and a gathering place for the community. It also helped raise funds for the church's Outreach Ministries to the Poor.1

The cafe closed on March 15, 2015 but reopened August 18, 2015 under the ownership of Sam Fantauzzo, who also owns Salvatore's Old Fashioned Pizzeria. The date was chosen as the same date the 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920. They now also serve thin-crust pizza and donuts from Donuts Delite. Prices are kept low (pizza is $2 per slice) to accommodate the largely low-income neighborhood. Fantauzzo calls this new business concept "Speedy Slice" and hopes to open more Speedy Slice outlets throughout the city.



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