Ridgites toast opening of beloved neighborhood coffee chain’s newest location

Coffee buzz: Ridgites, family, and friends joined Cocoa Grinder owner Abdul Ellenani, center, and his wife Ayat, right of center, to celebrate the opening of the cafe’s new location, on Fourth Avenue at 95th Street.
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Call it good, caffeinated fun.

Ridgites got buzzed at the May 4 grand opening of the newest location of a beloved neighborhood coffee chain.

Born-and-bred Ridgite Abdul Elenani said his local roots inspired the opening of the area’s third outpost of Cocoa Grinder, located on Fourth Avenue at 95th Street.

“I like Bay Ridge — it’s my hometown,” said Elenani, who now calls the distant land of Staten Island home.

The party included plenty of coffee, along with candy, face painting, and balloons for the neighborhood’s youngest coffee fiends, who have a dedicated place to play in the café’s indoor play pen.

The opening marked the chain’s 13th location, a dozen of which are in Kings County. Elenani, who started the coffee company in 2013, said he plans to open more locations in the Borough of Churches, and attributes his success to offering a combination of good grub and drinks.

“It serves both purposes of good coffee and good food,” he said.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Updated 11:53 am, May 13, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Alex from Brighton says:
Please come to coney island!!! We need good coffee :)
May 13, 2019, 3:20 pm
PerfectTommy from Brooklyn says:
disgusting savage still keeps his own women in hijabs. not a word from modern faux feminists...
May 13, 2019, 6:17 pm

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