Essence of Thyme Catering & Café, Chelsea, MA

Essence of Thyme Catering & Café, Chelsea, MA

Adaptive reuse
Commercial kitchen

Award Winning

J. Timothy Anderson Awards for “Best Historic Rehabilitation Project Utilizing Low-Income Housing Tax Credits – Large” from the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association

Davis Square Architects transformed an historic building into a mixed-use development for Toward Independent Living & Learning (TILL) in Chelsea, Massachusetts. TILL is a private, not-for-profit human service agency, which provides a comprehensive range of services throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire for individuals of all ages with mental retardation, behavioral health, physical handicaps, learning disabilities, and other disabilities.

The Essence of Thyme Catering & Café (ETC Café) is a unique business model created by TILL, where individuals with disabilities pursue their culinary interests and talents under the supervision of professionally trained chefs. TILL's ETC Café combines vocational training with an entrepreneurial food service business to bring customers nutritious, delicious, varied menus pleasing to the palate and eye. In addition to running a sit-down café, they also provide food services to schools, corporate cafeterias and community agencies.