New cafe opening in downtown Holyoke

Vegetarian and mostly vegan menu

FILE- Holyoke Hummus Company food truck

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Thursday marks new beginnings for a local business that has brought Middle Eastern flavor to western Massachusetts for the last three years.

The Holyoke Hummus company on High Street across from city hall is no stranger to the city. Owner John Grossman opened his Middle East cuisine restaurant at the Gateway Art Center near the Holyoke canal area two years ago.

Grossman told 22News, he’s pleased to relocate downtown, “It was such an easy choice to come to High Street. Thousands of people working here, thousands of people living here, and visit any day when they’re coming to do business and coming to shop and eat,” said Grossman.

Grossman credits his Holyoke Hummus company traveling food service with giving his brand high visibility during the past two years.

According to a release sent to 22News, Holyoke Hummus Company started out serving food from a food cart, and later from a food truck called The Great Garbanzo.

“We’re excited to continue to grow our business in Holyoke and bring another lunch and dinner option for those living, working and visiting downtown.” said John Grossman, co-owner of the new cafe.

The cafe’s menu is vegetarian and mostly vegan. Among the menu items are homemade hummus, falafel, babaganoush, and desserts like chocolate babka.