For the last two months, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® has welcomed the public to its Keya Cafe in the Cokata Wiconi teen center for hot breakfast, homemade baked goods and specialty coffees. Now, the 25-year-old, not-for-profit youth organization is preparing to take the cafe, whose name means “turtle” in the Lakota language, to the next level: Next month, it will begin serving lunch, as well.
According to Jerri LaPlante, Keya Cafe manager, lunch service will begin during the second week of May. “We’re planning to start with soups, sandwiches and salads, plus daily lunch specials such as roast beef and lasagna,” she said. “Once the school year ends, and we have interns on board, we’ll expand the lunch menu for the summer months.”