National Museum of the American Indian in New York To Open Mili Kàpi Cafe Feb. 14

February 14, 2020
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Mili Kapi

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustave Heye Center in New York will open the Mili Kàpi Cafe Feb. 14. Mili Kàpi means “give me some coffee” in the Native language of the Lenape people, the original inhabitants of New York City. The new cafe will be located on the museum’s second floor and run by Restaurant Associates.

The cafe’s food and beverage selections were curated by Freddie Bitsoie (Diné [Navajo]), the museum’s executive chef. The cafe will offer hot and cold beverages and light casual fare—sandwiches, salads and sweets—highlighting ingredients indigenous to the Americas. The cafe will serve coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters.

The Mili Kàpi Cafe is the first time the Smithsonian is offering food and beverage service in the museum. Entry into the museum is free, so diners do not need to visit the museum’s exhibitions to enjoy the cafe. The cafe will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

About the Museum

In partnership with Native peoples and their allies, the National Museum of the American Indian fosters a richer shared human experience through a more informed understanding of Native peoples. The museum strives toward equity and social justice for the Native peoples of the Western Hemisphere through education, inspiration and empowerment. The museum’s George Gustav Heye Center is located in the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House at One Bowling Green in New York City. For additional information, including hours and directions, visit Follow the museum via social media on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

About Restaurant Associates

Recognized as the nation’s premier on-site dining management company with a heritage steeped in quality and innovative dining, Restaurant Associates delivers hospitality excellence to guests at corporate workplaces, cultural and entertainment centers, professional schools and catered events in metro New York City, Washington, D.C., Boston and Atlanta. Headquartered in New York City, Restaurant Associates is a subsidiary of Compass Group, the world’s leading food service organization.

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