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Rosa Malone was a longtime resident of Rosedale Park who died at age 96 in 2019. Thanks to her enterprising great-granddaughter and business partner, the Malone name will live on.

Charity Dean, president and CEO of the Metro-Detroit Black Business Alliance and former head of Detroit’s Civil Rights Office, and Heather Zygmontowicz, the city’s chief of special housing programs and strategic implementation, will open Saturday Rosa – a cafe named in Malone’s Honor.

The store, at 19810 Grand River Ave., just east of Evergreen Road, will host a grand opening event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

In addition to offering Ethiopian home-roasted coffee from Detroit-based Faust Haus Roasting Co., Rosa will serve breakfast and lunch items from local vendors. The space, designed and decorated by Detroit architectural designer Rebecca “Bucky” Willis, will make guests feel like they’re visiting their grandmother’s house. A full bonbonniere is visible. The wallpaper is visible everywhere. A pink couch sits in the southeast corner where guests can relax and talk.

Malone lived in the neighborhood for 46 years until his death and is said to have been one of the first black families to own a home in the area. Dean now lives in the Grandmont-Rosedale section of northwest Detroit.

“It was important to me to honor his legacy and what his story means to the neighborhood. There’s a lot of resilience there,” Dean said Wednesday. “She developed a real relationship with the white family who sold her the house. They had a great relationship despite outside forces. That was 1973. Not the 30s and 40s. The Fair Housing Act came into effect in the 60s. . People forget how current it was.”

Dean and Zygmontowicz bought the business, formerly Public Square, in April and are leasing the 1,675-square-foot, 50-seat space. The lease is for two years, with the possibility of renewal. Dean did not disclose the financial terms of the lease or purchase of the business, instead saying that a “significant amount of money” was invested in starting the business.

Hours will be extended in the future and the owners plan to apply for a liquor license and hire a bartender. The space will also be available for community and private events.

“We want this to be a place where you come and work hard,” said Dean, a former winner of Crain’s 40 Under 40 and 100 Most Powerful Women, “but we want you to come back for champagne. .”

The cafe will be open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.