This creative serial entrepreneur runs a time cafe and designs quirky furniture

Serial entrepreneur Vandita Purohit’s entrepreneurial endeavors all have a dash of creativity and a touch of the unusual.

Otherwise, how would you explain the old Bajaj Chetak scooter that became the reception desk at the entrance to his café du temps? Or his carpentry business that turns cupboards into bottle racks and old drawers into stools? And what about his travel agency TraWork, which specialized in organizing “workations” even before it became a buzzword?

There is a definite creative zeal in everything Vandita ventures into.

Mauji Time Cafe in Pune

A coffee in advance

Mauji Time Café in Pune, run by Vandita, is based on the Russian concept of anti-cafes. These are establishments where people can grab as many cookies and drinks as they want and pay for time spent in the cafe by the minute.

Vandita started working on Mauji Café in March 2020, but, 15 days later, when the COVID-19-induced lockdown was announced, she had to put the idea on hold. She returned to work when things started to return to normal and the cafe launched in October.

The cafe with an Indo-bohemian vibe is housed in a sprawling two-story bungalow spread over 5,500 square feet. Guests gather at the bustling cafe for events like business showers, open mics, game nights, and musical concerts.

In 2021, when the pandemic forced a second lockdown, Mauji’s business was affected but once the lockdown was gradually lifted, people were back at the cafe in hordes.

“It was more difficult during the second lockdown because we had overheads and salaries to pay. But, of course, slowly and steadily, we managed to pull through,” says Vandana.

Mauji Café’s design is built around the theme of sustainability. Vandita enlisted Shivani Vyawahare, a friend who had just graduated as an architect. The two have put their heads together to create unique interiors and quirky furniture and decor items for the café by recycling and renovating old items.

For example, the cafe wall art is made of newspaper clippings that Vandita had picked up on her travels around the world, which she had framed. An old Bajaj Chetak scooter bought from a junkyard has been transformed into a nifty reception desk. The café’s yellow sofa, a huge hit with customers, was found in a torn state, ready to be thrown away, before becoming the comfortable sofa it is today.

“When I was a child, my mother bought utensils in exchange for old clothes. It was such a great way to recycle old clothes. I understood why I couldn’t adapt the same idea for furniture,” says the entrepreneur, explaining the logic behind reusing old objects in her café.


Mauji Time Café in Pune with an Indo-Bohemian vibe

Furniture renovation

While designing the cafe’s interior spaces, Vandita thought about her next entrepreneurial idea – Kalapentry, which she launched in partnership with Shivani.

Kalapentry renovates, refurbishes and recycles old furniture to create a line of bespoke and sustainable furniture. No two pieces of furniture made by Kalapentry are alike, and they are sold at garage sales held every three months.

With the help of carpenters, Vandita and Shivani transformed small cupboards into wine racks and redesigned chairs that were falling apart into modern seats.

“We’re very conscious of keeping it small now because we’re a limited group of people working on it. We want to be funded before we do it on a large scale, because it’s a capital-intensive business and we don’t want to get stuck because of money,” says Vandita.

The duo plans to open a store eventually.


Before and after: An old chair gets a makeover at Kalapentry

Travel while you work

In 2018, Vandita launched TraWork, specializing in working holidays at a time when they weren’t so popular.

A serious traveler herself, Vandita enjoys exploring places extensively, visiting local cafes and coworking spaces, and soaking up the experiences. She met a lot of co-travellers on her travels, and that’s when she got the idea for TraWork.

“It started out as a passion project, and I thought taking people on work vacations meant I could travel too. I liked the idea so much that I quickly thought of making a business out of it,” says -she.

Vandita has taken quite a few trips to TraWork, but the company has taken a back seat during the pandemic. She is now looking to relaunch her travel startup as post-pandemic work has seen growing interest from those weary of lockdown.

Her travels also brought her to the idea of ​​the cafes of the time, which were popular in Russia.

A long entrepreneurial journey

Vandita’s entrepreneurial activities began in 2009, when she and her husband co-founded Mint Tree, a company that engaged in outsourced sales services. After that, the entrepreneur founded The Daftar, a coworking space in Pune.

Next on his plate is an event in December modeled after a massive garage sale and flea market. For this, it seeks to collaborate with other sellers and sponsors of furniture and interior decoration. She also wants the event to allow people to auction their old furniture or donate it to NGOs working for the poor.

What does she learn as an entrepreneur? “One thing I’ve learned over the past two years is that you have to be extremely patient, especially when you’re working on something new and unique. You can’t rush into things. If you set unreasonable goals, it will only create anxiety,” Vandita points out.

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Full schedule, Collab Cafés announced

miHoYo has confirmed that their colorful HoYo Fest will return on September 28 to the Southeast Asia region! Read on for more details on the festivities and participating co-op cafes!

HoYo Fest, a dynamic festival celebrating miHoYo’s hit games and properties, was first held in November 2021. HoYo Fest 2022 was confirmed earlier in September, and will feature Genshin Impact, Tears of Themis, and Honkai Impact 3rd.

HoYo Fest 2022 will take place from September 28 at November 6.

The festivities will take place in Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam, at local collaborative cafes themed around Genshin Impact, Tears of Themis and Honkai Impact 3rd in a row!

Participating cafes will feature themed decor and music, in-game items and decorations, and photo zones! Special menus and merchandise sales will also be available at these cafes, and all purchases will come with exclusive themed giveaways.

Check out the cafe’s schedule and details below!

HoYo Fest 2022 program:

  • Genshin Impact: September 28 – October 9
  • Tears of Themis: From October 12 to October 23 (select countries only)
  • Honkai Impact 3rd: October 26 – November 6

HoYo Fest 2022 Collaborative Cafes:

  • Singapore: Pinball’s @ Bugis Junction (Singapore)
  • Malaysia: La Juiceria Superfoods Signature (Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur)
  • Thailand: The KROSS (Bangkok)
  • Philippines: Moon Rabbit Cafe + Restaurant (Manila)
  • Indonesia: TEMU (Block M, Jakarta)
  • Vietnam: EE EARTH Cafe (Hanoi)

For details on venues, themed meals, and merchandise, check out the official HoYo FEST 2022 website!

What do you think, Travelers, Lawyers and Captains? Will you participate this year?

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Another Broken Egg Cafe® Successfully Implements Revel Enterprise

Revel Systems, the market leader in point-of-sale (POS) and comprehensive business management platform, announced that Another Broken Egg Cafe has successfully deployed Revel Enterprise® across all full-service restaurants owned by the company. Going forward, all new cafes will implement Revel as well as the migration of existing franchisees by 2023. Another Broken Egg Cafe is one of the fastest growing franchised breakfast, brunch and lunch concepts from the country. The platform’s open API, hardware mobility and comprehensive kitchen management capabilities, coupled with cost savings through the integrated Revel Advantage payment solution, made Revel the right choice for the innovative brand.

“Despite the logistical challenges posed by the pandemic, we were able to roll out Revel Enterprise to all of our full-service cafes ahead of schedule. Revel’s Professional Services team was a great partner throughout the rollout and made sure everything ran smoothly,” said Jeri Snyder, CFO of Another Broken Egg Cafe. “As we position ourselves for growth, we are excited to have a modern cloud platform that will allow us to easily scale our operations, while providing the flexibility to innovate.”

Another Broken Egg Cafe uses Revel’s mobile order takers (MOTs) to place orders directly at the table. Once an order is processed by the MOT, it is automatically transmitted to the kitchen, where it appears on the kitchen display system (KDS). With fully integrated kitchen management, every restaurant manages orders more efficiently and eliminates potential errors that are more common with a manual approach.

Prior to the implementation of Revel, servers would write out orders by hand, then line up at one of Another Broken Egg Cafe’s central point-of-sale stations to enter the order. This resulted in stacked tickets and delayed the time it took for orders to reach the kitchen. With MOTs in hand, servers have the bandwidth to wait on more tables and collect extra tips, all while helping Another Broken Egg Cafe save on labor costs.

“Revel is thrilled to be working with a growing brand like Another Broken Egg Cafe to help improve the quality and speed of their service, while providing the technology foundation to future-proof their business,” said Greg Dukat, CEO of Revel. Systems. “This is yet another example of a high-growth brand with huge in-store volume turning to Revel Enterprise to help scale operations and improve customer experience.”

Another Broken Egg Cafe has implemented Revel Advantage, an in-house payment processing solution that integrates seamlessly with Revel Enterprise to provide a comprehensive point-of-sale and payment offering designed to meet their specific business needs. Another Broken Egg Cafe is also introducing Revel SmartPay™️ which allows customers to scan and pay from a QR code on their receipts. Servers receive a notification on their MOTs when the bill has been paid, allowing for faster table turns.

Using Revel’s open API, Another Broken Egg Cafe easily integrated third-party solutions for restaurant management and payroll, further customizing the platform to meet their specific needs.

Another Broken Egg Cafe joins the impressive list of major restaurant chains that select Revel Enterprise, including: The Halal Guys, Friendly’s Restaurants, Pizza Ranch, Dave’s Hot Chicken, Sajj Mediterranean, Rise Southern Biscuits & Righteous Chicken, FAT Brands , Moe’s Southwest Grill, Kung Fu Tea, Teriyaki Madness, Focus Brands, Lou Malnati’s, Erbert & Gerbert’s and more.

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Cafe Rio plans more expansion in Colorado

President and CEO of Cafe Rio Steve Vaughan Told And now Denver he’s excited about the two new Denver-area openings — which WND covered late last year — and certainly intends to expand further. While Vaughan couldn’t provide specific details on location or venue launch dates due to the concept’s youthfulness, he said. And now Denver that they plan to continue their expansion in both denver and Colorado Springs.

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This news follows the announcement of the grand opening of the aforementioned Cafe Rio locations – one in Greenwood Village (9531 East Arapahoe Rd.) launch on September 30and another in Highland Ranch (9215 S. Broadway) is set to debut in December.

“Each new location will celebrate [its] grand opening with exciting games like Plinko and the Corn Hole, and chances for entrants to win a variety of prizes,” explained RSQ. “The first 100 customers of the restaurant will receive free gifts and another 100 will win a free meal! Cafe Rio will also offer fries and salsa or fries and queso for $1.99.

The grand opening of Greenwood Village will take place from September 30 to October 1, starting at 10:30 a.m. and ending at 7:30 p.m. Time information regarding the official opening of the Highlands Ranch is currently unknown.

“Café Rio’s dishes are inspired by authentic recipes from the Rio Grande region of northern Mexico, southern Texas and New Mexico,” says Amber Brown of What Now Media Group. “The restaurant’s mantra is ‘fresh food, prepared fresh’ with Cafe Rio using only the freshest ingredients to create dishes each day.”

Diners at Café Rio can enjoy an array of Tex-Mex dishes, including enchilada-style burritos, regionally inspired salads like sweet pork barbacoa salad; tacos, quesadillas, tortilla soup, sweets and savory/spicy sauces.

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Chicago’s La Catedral cafe serves chilaquiles alongside Catholic images

CHICAGO– You can sample 12 different kinds of “sinful” chilaquiles, devour divine pancakes with frosted flakes, and savor authentic Mexican cinnamon coffee while admiring super cool religious artifacts.

No wonder diners all over Chicago sometimes wait two hours to enjoy the heavenly experience at La Catedral Restaurant & Coffee. Chef and owner Ambrocio Gonzalez has created an unforgettable experience, featuring not only delicious Mexican and American breakfasts, but also an atmosphere of faith, camaraderie and love for his customers and Mexican culture. When asked why his waiters wear angel t-shirts with wings, he doesn’t hesitate to call them angels and credit them with much of La Catedral’s success.

“They’re the ones that make it all happen here,” Gonzalez said.

Chef Gonzalez grew up in Mexico, the son of a single mother. At one point in his life, he sold food as a street vendor. When he first arrived at La Catedral, in the small village of Chicago, things weren’t going so well. He fleshed out the menu a bit, prayed a lot, and after bonding with his neighbors, things took off.

“Our customers from day one are the ones who come and wait, no matter how long,” Gonzalez said, choking back tears.

Critics have called La Catedral “Chicago’s Best Mexican Breakfast” & Brunch” in “one of the most unique spots in Little Village”. Everything about the restaurant is special. While most Mexican restaurants serve one or two kinds of chilaquiles, Chef Ambrocio offers diners 12 different choices – from poblano to pico de gallo – for He adds another brand new chilaquile every December to usher in the new year.

“You could come here for two weeks and have a different chilaquiles every day,” Gonzalez said.

It also serves delicious Mexican egg dishes, like Huevos con Chorizo ​​and Huevos con Salchicha, and its French toast and pancakes topped with whipped cream and strawberries are to die for and go to heaven! And La Catedral Cafe also offers a wide selection of drinks. Chef Ambrocio prides himself on taking no shortcuts and brewing his Mexican Cinnamon Coffee just like they do in Mexico. Other memorable drink selections include Mexican coffee served with caramel or rice water, as well as a wide range of refreshing fresh fruit drinks.

Chef Ambrocio’s entire restaurant, from floor to ceiling, is filled with Catholic paintings, crosses, statues of Our Lady of Guadalupe and saints. Patrons lay offerings of money near the statue of Saint Anthony, praying that he will answer their prayers for love. Then Ambrocio collects the offerings and donates the money to charity or people in the community who need help.

“We have a few ladies who come here to pray and not even to eat,” Gonzalez said. “I think that’s one of the many reasons we’ve been successful.”

And of course, the religious theme comes with appropriate menu names such as “heavenly sweets,” “confession-worthy bites,” and “less sinful bites,” like chicken Caesar and strawberry salads. Reflecting on the success of La Catedral Cafes, Ambrocio said, “People say I’m lucky, but I say I’m blessed.”

As he pointed out the religious presence around him, he smiled and said, “I have a lot of help.

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The Last Mile Café serves coffee, philanthropy and sustainability — and soon, 49507

Arick Davis and Sarah Laman are runners. They say the hardest part of a race is the last mile. Comparing the state of the world to a long-distance race, they decided these times felt like that last mile. So when it came time to name their small online cafe business, they settled on “Last Mile Café.”

“We started our business in the middle of the pandemic, and there was so much going on – challenges with healthcare, the unemployment system, protests. When it comes to our country and our civilization, we always feel like we still have a lot to do,” Davis says. “We wanted to create a company that sets an example for other companies. It’s the last mile for society to figure out what it needs to be and how we’re all going to work together.

Since its inception, Last Mile Café has donated over 10% of its revenue to charities that work for environmental justice, clean water, criminal justice reform or at-risk youth. Recipients include WMEAC, ACLU, Michigan Solidarity Bail Fund, and Hope Gardens, among others.

“Each quarter, we send text messages to everyone who is in [the Last Mile Café] community and ask them to name charities,” Davis says. “We let our community vote on which charities they want the money to go to.”

Arick Davis and Sarah LamanAll packaging, purchasing and processes are done with sustainability in mind. In mid-October, when Last Mile Café moves into its new physical location at 1006 Hall St. SE, Davis and Laman plan to expand these aspects of their business even further. The location will also include a retail cafe. Last Mile Café already uses compostable packaging. When the physical location opens, Arick and Laman hope to approach zero waste for all operations. They try to source sustainably grown and processed coffee beans. At some point, they hope to establish their own direct relationships with green coffee growers.

“There are really two ways to process coffee,” says Davis. “First, they put it in the sun, the cherries fall naturally – if you imagine the pit inside a cherry, it’s basically the coffee bean we all use. Or, growers can wash them high pressure to make the cherries come off. It’s faster and more consistent, but in many countries where coffee is grown, people don’t necessarily even have access to clean drinking water.

“We’re going to fill up [production] process at the Café,” says Davis. “We roast coffee there. And then we will do all the packing and shipping. All coffee beverages we serve at The Café will be that coffee we roast in Grand Rapids.

Davis grew up in 49507, near the new physical location of the Last Mile Café. After graduating from Michigan Technological University in 2016, he worked for several Fortune 500 companies – Dematic, Western Digital and Goldman Sachs. He discovered that capitalism does not treat everyone fairly and that too few coffee and tea brands are committed to justice.

“When I came back to Grand Rapids, I noticed there weren’t a lot of cafes here,” he says. “I used to live in Franklin and Eastern and the closest cafes are right up on Wealthy Street, which isn’t even in the same neighborhood.”

The Last Mile Café’s Hall Street location will employ 11 people to handle roasting, packaging, distribution and retail coffee. The plan is to increase production, enter more retail stores and increase online sales.

“Having this physical space will also create this café environment where people can come and hang out in the community,” Davis says. “So many people have come to us and said, ‘You’re our favorite coffee. We love the way you do this. We love the way it tastes. Grand Rapids has many great coffee companies. Michigan, Michigan as a state, also has many great coffee companies, I think more people are looking to Grand Rapids for coffee.

Written by Estelle Slootmaker, Development News Editor
Photos courtesy of Last Mile Café

Arick Davis and Sarah Laman inspect the equipment of their online coffee business.

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Cafe Reconcile presents a new series of brunches

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Café Reconcile and chef Martha Wiggins will present a new three-part brunch series with proceeds benefiting Café Reconcile’s workforce training program for young adults aged 16 at 24 years old. The brunch series will begin on Saturday September 17when “Reconcile Does Brunch” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in music with DJ Polo.

Each brunch in the series will feature a special themed dining experience to express Chef Wiggins’ culinary vision and creativity while providing valuable educational opportunities for Reconcile trainees.

“The Combine brunch The series will feature experiences that reflect the vibrancy of our Central City community and the aspirations of the young people we serve,” said Chief Culinary Officer Martha Wiggins. “Most importantly, our guests will see our trainees in action, using their talents to create an energetic and memorable experience accessible to many.”

The Reconcile Does Brunch menu will include a variety of new and familiar menu options, specialty cocktails, and a selection of select beers and wines, including favorites such as:

Reconcile Burger

Blackened Burger Smash.

Homemade pickles, cheese, beer-battered onion ring.

Add an egg and/or bacon!

Benedictine Crab Cakes

Jumbo crabmeat, brioche and Creole Hollandaise sauce

Watermelon Paloma

Tequila, grapefruit, watermelon, Topo Chico and tajin

Diners can expect the “Bar Room Edition” of Reconcile Does Brunch on Sunday, October 2 and the “90s Throwback Edition” on Sunday, November 6.

Places for brunch are limited and reservations are required. Email [email protected] or call 504-459-9180 to make reservations. Maximum of 8 people per booking.

“The brunch series is an important platform for the strategic direction of Café Reconcile and the evolution of the culinary profile under the leadership of Culinary Chef, Chef Martha Wiggins,” said Gerald Duhon, Executive Director of Reconcile New Orleans. “Chef Martha and her team are transforming Café Reconcile into a competitive dining destination, recognized not only for its mission to transform the lives of young people, but also as a celebrated dining experience,” added Duhon.

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100 years ago: Raid shuts down ‘wet’ cafes in Havana | Story

100 years ago

September 9, 1922: Hundreds of people who flocked to Havana, Illinois, famous for its beach resorts, as well as citizens, had a thrill when a car full of dry agents slipped from Springfield and “took cleaned” several cafes. The “wet” places attacked were the cafes of Ed Roloff, Taylor House, Whitey Sewman, Charles Biehl, Ross Curliss, Pete Rudolph and Gus Kraft, Mazana beach. The owners were taken to Springfield for hearings before a US commissioner.

75 years ago

September 9, 1947: The fire truck chasers came in for a lacing by normal fire chief Ralph Rich, who warned enthusiasts that the practice is against the law and dangerous. Rich said drivers chasing the first truck often interfered with the second truck and hindered the arrival of the fire department as soon as possible. He reminded truck chasers that a siren signifies an emergency and that motorists should pull over to the side of the street and stay away from the service.

September 9, 1972: Believing they will have to spend money to make money, McLean County Council Recreation Committee members voted to ask the council to set a budget of $250,000 to begin recreational development at Evergreen Lake. In recent years, the county budget for recreation has been $40,000. President F. Russell Glasener said the increased funding could be used to develop beach and camping facilities that would generate revenue.

25 years ago

September 9, 1997: The Twin Cities’ emergency alert system will be revamped under a proposal approved by Bloomington City Council. The council agreed to pay the city’s share of a $42,000 contract for a new warning control system for cities. The new system would be radio-operated rather than electronic, allowing everyone’s condition to be monitored during testing. Cities now rely on resident reports to determine if a siren is not working.

Compiled by Pantagraph Staff

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7 Cute Cafes for Catching Up | Essex

The kids are finally back to school (hooray!), which means it’s time to save up those much-deserved morning coffees, brunches and lunches. Picking some of our favorite coffees in Essex…

We.are.table, Earls Colne

A stylish little cafe that packs a punch. With seating for twelve (lucky one) diners, this Earls Colne walk-in is a bit of a neighborhood gem. Founded by two local friends, this chic spot has survived a lockdown and won five-star reviews across the board (as well as the prestigious Essex Best Coffee crown at this year’s Muddy Awards). From breakfast bagels to epic sausage rolls to incredible homemade cakes, everything looks as good as it tastes thanks to edible flowers, fruit toppings, and general plating flair.

The Bakery, Chelmsford

What’s your jam? Take your pick with The Bakehouse’s range of sweet homemade spreads – so good with a warm, flaky croissant. And, if coffee is your thing, then you’ll love (Bake)House Barista’s signature coffee blend, which is locally roasted and tastes surprising. Come for brunch, lunch, afternoon tea or just for a cup of the good stuff.

Mrs. Salisbury’s Tea Room, Maldon

You’ll find this pretty pink gem of a tea room tucked away in the streamer-covered Bright’s Path on the high street. Brimming with charm and character, there are six individually designed bedrooms to choose from over three floors. How about a cake and a cup of tea in the bright downstairs bar? A cozy cafe in the moody drawing room (with a crackling fire for those colder days)? Or perhaps breakfast in the light-filled Observatory room overlooking the courtyard? Oh yes, there is also a heated courtyard for eating and drinking outside. Ah, making decisions…

Robyn’s Nest, Writtle

Looking for the perfect village tea room? We found him ! This charming, family-run cafe in Writtle has Instagrammable interiors, giant slices of homemade cake, and really good coffee. Take a seat by the window to take in views of the greenery of the village and the covet-worthy homes that surround it. Plus, there’s also a lovely little lifestyle store (Sonia @ 48) right next door if you’re in the mood for a bit of local retail therapy. Well, it would be rude not to, right?

Parlor Cafe, Burnham-on-Crouch

One for dog lovers. This friendly cafe in Creeksea Place Barns is a great little spot for breakfast or brunch. While you enjoy your freshly squeezed orange juice and toast, your pooch can dine on his own “All Day Barkfest” or “Barkuterie Board.” I mean, I’d go for the pun-filled menu alone! Good to know: there is also a fabulous children’s menu if you have smaller strands in tow.

Squeeze Cafe, Leigh-on-Sea

This new kid on the block is quickly becoming a popular haunt for savvy locals. From the bar covered in mosaics and the ceiling dotted with plants to the tanned leather banquettes, the interiors alone are enough to seduce you. Then you try one of the smoothies, signature salad bowls, and craft coffee and realize that’s not all. on the eyes. In addition, it serves excellent vegan and gluten-free dishes.

Shops, Great Waltham

This independent cafe is, quite simply, as great as it sounds. Beautiful and historic on the outside and cool and contemporary on the inside, this is the best of both coffee worlds. What is on the menu? Think hearty brunches and lunches, delicious homemade cakes and locally roasted coffee. We love the local artwork lining the walls and the dedicated charging station, which earns big sustainable points. After filling your bottles (and your belly), grab a coffee to go and stroll through the village or nearby Langley Estate.

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New cafe in old Subway space in downtown Shelton

SHELTON — Stephanie Champagne spent her childhood dreaming of working in a coffee shop. Now she has one.

The Stratford resident – ​​known locally for her charming attitude and bright smile at work at the Caloroso Eatery and Bar on Center Street – is opening the Kickstart Café in a vacant space at 462 Howe Ave., which once housed Subway.

“I love the Shelton community…I love the restaurant business, and this is a chance to merge the two,” said Champagne, who has worked at Caloroso for six years.

“I’m so excited,” she added. “I’ve wanted this since I was a kid. I always used to say that I would work in a cafe. The fact that I open one… it’s my wildest dream come true.

Kickstart Café, which is expected to open in mid-September, will offer indoor seating as well as curbside pickup. She said the store will offer coffee, tea and smoothies as well as breakfast and lunch sandwiches. Champagne said the menu will include traditional and vegan options as well as desserts prepared by her future mother-in-law, Linda Thompson.

“I want this to be the only place to get both diet options,” Champagne said, adding that her menu is open to change. “I will adapt my offers to the community. I’m not stagnating with my plan, I want to shape the menu based on what I hear the community wants.

Champagne said her first job was at a bagel shop, where she fell in love with the restaurant business. She said she had taken on other jobs between her arrival at Caloroso, but never strayed from her goal.

“I always came back to catering,” she said.

Mat Calandro, owner of Caloroso, said he first met Champagne when she applied for a waiter job and knew she was destined for success.

“An independent woman with an exceptional work ethic, compassion and character,” Calandro said when describing Champagne. “I consider her part of my family and a friend for life.”

He said Champagne would make his dream come true.

“I know her late father is so proud of her,” he said. “She is committed to making her dream come true and has made so many sacrifices, including putting her marriage on hold to take on this adventure.”

Champagne said the business is very much a family affair, with the support of her fiancé, Matthew Bartol – the two are high school sweethearts who have been together for 14 years.

She also thanks Calandro for his support, not only as an employer but as a friend who supported her efforts to keep this fledgling cafe running.

“I know Kickstart will be a staple in downtown Shelton for many years to come and I’m so proud of her,” Calandro said. “She was the first to raise her hand during very uncertain times, which is a testament to her courage. She is a great example to all of us and reminds us that the American Dream is alive and well.

She was able to make her dream come true when Subway left the space at the corner of Howe Avenue and the entrance to the post office parking lot. Liberty Tax temporarily filled the space but then left, freeing up the slot for Champagne.

“I knew it was the right decision for me…I said, ‘This has to happen,'” she said. “And doing this in the neighborhood that I’ve loved serving for six years…I can’t quite understand that.”

Champagne said it’s a good time with downtown Shelton exploding with small businesses and apartments, leading to increased foot traffic.

She also learned from the countless people she met while working at Caloroso that Shelton residents want to help small businesses and will patronize them whenever possible.

“I assure you that Kickstart will not disappoint you,” Calandro said.

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Coffee and Cafe Mavens on Main Reveals New Dream Team

September 3, 2022 – West Bend, WI – Mavens on Main, 243 N. Main Street in downtown West Bend, WI has a major announcement. Mavens owner Staci Nielsen joins forces with legendary pastry chef Derek Van Alstyne, formerly of Sweet Creations Village Bakery. The pair form Mavens on Main’s new Dream Team and will soon be Van Alstyne’s signature sweets, coffee cakes and homemade breads.

“Together we’re going to be able to do some really awesome things,” said Nielsen, who opened the cafe earlier this summer.

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Nielsen’s Coffee offers a variety of specialty Anodyne coffee (roasted in Milwaukee, WI), Rishi tea and smoothies. The front glass display cases are filled with a sight of sweet goodness with freshly baked pastries, chewy cookies, rich cupcakes and elegant scones.

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“I’m thrilled to learn from Derek,” Nielsen said. “He worked in a completely different environment than mine and he has so much experience.

“I’m also really excited for her fresh breads; it’s something I wanted to do but just didn’t have the time.

Van Alstyne, who had two bakeries in West Bend, Wi in his heyday, is chomping at the bit to start over after having sold his shop to Slinger on May 1, 2022.

“Seriously, I’m cleaning the cracks in my sidewalk, pulling weeds and trimming trees and bushes and I’m bored,” Van Alstyne said.

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Turning 58 in November, Van Alstyne decided to come out of retirement while chatting with Chris Goeman in Slinger. “I was going to set up a bakery with him, but Mavens came together a little faster because it was already established,” he said.

“I will cook for Mavens, but I will also cook for Chris and his business Rapid Mart on Hwy 60 and Uncle Larry’s Rustic Inn on Pike Lake.”


It’s been three months since Van Alstyne closed his shop and auctioned off his gear and collectibles at Sweet Creations in Slinger. “It was an extremely difficult decision to close this store. It was hard to watch; people bought stuff and then it was done.

When asked if he had caught up on his sleep, as bakery hours normally start at 10 p.m. and end mid-morning, Van Alstyne struggled to contain his excitement.

“I’m pumped,” he said. “I’m overwhelmed. I am excited to begin.

Born and raised in Slinger, Wisconsin, Van Alstyne will begin cooking for Mavens on Main on September 12.

“I use their kitchen, their oven, everything,” he said of the space inside the Saloon Royale building. “We’re going to be rolling out (pun intended) a bunch of my old recipes including peanut squares, cream-filled coffee cakes, cheese bars, elephant ears and danishes. No donuts though, we’re not going to make donuts.

On a note of history: can you name the property at the location before Saloon Royale / Mavens on Main? What about the company before that? Click on HERE for a hint.

For additional credit, can you name the owner?

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Chef Joey Hilty has a field day at the Lawrenceville cafe


After 2 and a half years of pandemic gloom, chef Joey Hilty was ready for a little light indulgence.

So the owner of Lawrenceville’s The Vandal has partnered with PPartner company, a boutique developer and operator of community real estate projects, tor create field day. The co-working place, restaurant and community center are located at 3706 Butler St.

Think back to your elementary school field day; that glorious respite from the traditional school routine that, while structured, gave you a sense of fun and freedom. Now imagine doing that as a responsible adult. That’s the idea behind Field Day.

As Director of Food and Beverage, Hilty runs The Cafe. Located on the ground floor of the 30,000 square foot building, it’s a casual place where food is served from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Doors open at 8 a.m., when people can grab a coffee and set up their laptops at a table. or in one of the comfortable lounges until 4 p.m. There’s also a retail area out front where you can buy fresh bouquets, houseplants, and other home items from local vendors.



Hilty wanted to offer daytime crowds the same kind of high fare they’d find in the neighborhood after the sun goes down and popular restaurants (like The Vandal) heat up.

“It’s a market-driven menu with an emphasis on sandwiches, salads and cereal bowls; quick lunch-type stuff, but with a much higher quality of supply than you’d expect,” says Hilty, who started offering unpretentious dishes in August. “We have a lot of freedom to play with things.”

The menu will evolve with the seasons and the availability of fresh, local ingredients. On my recent visit there were seven sandwiches and a variety of pastries for breakfast.

I opted for the BLTA, a new take on the classic bacon-lettuce-tomato sandwich that features avocado and grilled corn aioli on thick slices of toast. It was a deliciously messy meal. Apologies to the people working around me while I swallowed it.

Fig toast


For dessert, I had yet another piece of toast, but this one was topped with cream cheese and fresh figs that reminded me of little Demogorgons from “Stranger Things.” My pop culture nerdism doesn’t take a lunch break; it becomes lunch.

Other sandos I’ve seen enjoyed include Spanish tuna, boiled egg, salsa verde, capers and red onions on a baguette. Roast pork is Cuba’s version of Hilty: a gooey mix of ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and Dijon mustard.

Earlier this month, Hilty hosted a sandwich-making class focusing on the Italian sub. For two hours in the kitchen on the second floor, he talked about the origins of the hero, his regional differences and his ingredients.

These types of small (between 10 to 20 people) educational food events take place monthly. Keep an eye on Field Day social media channels for updates.

The smell of freshly brewed coffee wafts through the open garage door, drawing passers-by to Butler Street. Field Day serves a local coffee roaster KLVN and based in Portland Puffed coffee.

“We love the idea of ​​featuring something you won’t find here as well as Pittsburgh favorites,” says Zachary Ciccone, Field Day partner and co-founder of Beauty Shoppe, the network of coworking spaces around Pittsburgh that s turned into Lawrenceville Field Day. .

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Hilty and Ciccone planned to collaborate on a food concept several years ago, but the pandemic shattered those dreams. Business partners are excited to expand Field Day’s culinary offerings in the future.

For people who want a little more privacy than The Cafe has to offer, public reservations and day passes are available for the private offices, workstations, conference rooms and lounge areas of the second floor. Field Day also has different levels of membership.

For $250 per month, Social Members get unlimited 24/7 access to all Field Day facilities and amenities, priority booking for workshops and events, sports clubs and wellness, conference room catering and house accounts.

Workplace members also benefit from 24/7 use of facilities, hospitality amenities and services, kitchen supplies, conferencing technology, and packing and handling services. mail. These subscriptions cost between $375 and $500 per month, depending on the private studio and the size of the team.

All Field Day members can use showers and lockers, indoor bicycle parking and a 12-space garage, also open to public commuters.

There are currently 160 members.

During the warmer months, the rooftop is lined with communal tables, umbrellas, and plants for outdoor business meetings and yoga classes with a bird’s eye view. Over the summer, Field Day partnered with Brewing trace and Creative drinks on a series of happy hour parties. A new series of rooftop events will launch in spring 2023.

“Our club is rooted in workplace, food and beverage and lifestyle programs,” Ciccone says. “All of our programs are currently free and our cafe is open to the public. Our mission is to be as inclusive as possible, so we try to break down barriers. It’s the future of the workplace. Food and drink are the base.

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Heroes’ Cafe is holding a protest for female veterans on September 15 in Lynnwood

The Hero Cafe is hosting an event on Thursday, September 15 for female veterans, hosted by the Snohomish County Homeless Veterans Outreach Committee.

Known as the stand down, the event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on September 15 at New Life Church, 6519 188th St. SW, Lynnwood. This is a women-only event, aimed at providing a safe and secure facility for female veterans to come together, share and receive sensitive support for their physical and emotional/mental scars.

The Homeless Veterans Team recruits a wide variety of medical and dental resources and will provide clothing, personal care items, footwear, access to VA Benefits Counsellors, Social Services Representatives from the county, lunch and take-out items.

“They are one of the toughest and most dedicated groups in our area coordinating services for our homeless veteran community,” Heroes’ Cafe manager Gary Walderman said of the committee. outreach to homeless veterans. “Working with them, we helped get veterans off the streets and into temporary housing until permanent housing could be offered. No veteran should ever be homeless. The fight is on to put an end to this atrocity.

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2023 Kawasaki Z900RS CAFE hits global markets

2023 Kawasaki Z900RS CAFE hits global markets

August 28, 2022, 12:15 a.m.
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The 2023 Kawasaki Z900RS CAFE gets traction control (Photo credit: Kawasaki)

Japanese automaker Kawasaki has unveiled the 2023 version of the Z900RS CAFE bike for global markets. It should also make its way to India.

On the strength side, the two-wheeler sports a retro-inspired look and offers many features, including a traction control system.

It runs on a 948cc inline-four engine that produces a maximum power of 109hp.

Why is this story important?

  • Barring minute cosmetic changes, the 2023 Kawasaki Z900RS CAFE looks nearly identical to its predecessor. This should attract the attention of many buyers in the world markets.
  • The motorcycle is also expected to arrive in India as a fully built unit (CBU) in limited numbers. Once launched, the competition in the segment will be raised.

The bike has 17 inch wheels and gold stripes

The 2023 Kawasaki Z900RS CAFE sits on a high-tensile steel trellis frame. It sports Metallic Diablo Black paint, a gold Kawasaki logo and two gold stripes on the bubble fairing and fuel tank.

The bike has a round headlight and semi-digital dash and rolls on 17-inch wheels.

It can store 20.4 liters of fuel and tips the scales at 216 kg.

It is backed by a 109 hp and 948 cc engine

The new Kawasaki Z900RS CAFE is powered by a 948cc, 4-stroke, DOHC, 16-valve, liquid-cooled engine that generates a maximum power of 109hp and a maximum torque of 98.5Nm. The engine is mated to a gearbox 6-speed gears.

There are disc brakes at both ends

To ensure rider safety, the Kawasaki Z900RS CAFE is equipped with disc brakes on the front and rear wheels, as well as dual-channel ABS and traction control for better handling on the roads.

Suspension duties on the bike are taken care of by inverted telescopic forks up front and a rear-linked horizontal swingarm in the rear.

2023 Kawasaki Z900RS CAFE: Pricing and Availability

In the United States, the 2023 version of the Kawasaki Z900RS CAFE has a price tag of $12,399 (about Rs. 10 lakh). The high-end two-wheeler is expected to arrive in our country next year.

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Downtown ABQ Cafe sports buds, beans – and finally, beer

From left, Buds & Beans owner Jonathan Joiner and general manager Lisa Taj McCellon. The couple are launching a new drinks menu on Friday after receiving their liquor license. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)

When Jonathan Joiner opened his business, Buds & Beans Cafe, in March, he planned to serve beer.

Joiner “isn’t the bar type,” but he wanted to provide another kind of place for Albuquerque residents to drink, eat and relax.

“I thought about maybe creating a space where, you know, you can have someone (drinking) coffee, someone having wine, someone having CBD mocktails – just kind of something for everything the world,” Joiner said.

However, delays in obtaining a liquor license have limited Buds & Beans to serving only brews – coffee brews, that is.

But, starting Friday, Buds & Beans will launch a new menu that includes wine, beer, mimosas and specialty CBD mocktails. The cafe, located at 119 Gold SW, will also be opening new hours; For the past five months, Buds & Beans has closed at 4 p.m. But on Friday, the restaurant will be open until 8 p.m., with happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Three of the beers are from the Marble Brewery.

General manager Lisa Taj McCellon said they just received the hard copy of their liquor license on Tuesday.

“It’s just kind of an exit that we finally got,” Joiner said. “It’s as if new doors were opening. See what travel brings us.

Buds & Beans Cafe barista Sabrina Zamora makes a cold honey lavender latte. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)

Joiner decided to move to Albuquerque when the military veteran was driving across the country from Florida to California. He stayed in the city for only one night. But it was enough to get Joiner hooked.

“I fell in love with Albuquerque,” Joiner said. “And when I got to downtown, I had this kind of feeling that something was different from other downtowns.”

The “buds” in the name are short for “buddies,” a reflection of the sense of community that McCellon and Joiner want to create in the restaurant. The walls are lined with works by local artists, and Joiner has let artists and creators set up booths in the restaurant for free. They frequently host community events, including a silent disco – in addition to paying the DJ, all proceeds go to charity. The restaurant even includes a “take a plant, leave a plant” wall, where customers can drop plant cuttings to propagate in a new home.

The company recently received $35,000 from the Metropolitan Redevelopment Agency.

An LGBTQ+ owned and operated business, inclusivity is fundamental to Buds & Beans. The menu revamp will include more vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options to increase options for customers with dietary restrictions. Joiner and McCellon included mocktails so guests could order soft drinks with beer and wine.

“It’s important that there are some secondary schools in the area who can come here and sit and study and feel safe. UNM students can come here and study and feel safe no matter who they are, who they love, what they look like. It’s a big part of what we do,” McCellon said.

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Homey Duncanville restaurant Kim & Jenny’s Cafe gets a second life

A Duncanville restaurant that’s been in business for over 31 years has a new owner ready to give it a boost.

Called Kim and Jenny’s Cafe, it’s a breakfast and lunch spot at 450 E. Wheatland Rd. recently taken over by Bryan Kaeser, owner of two other Duncanville establishments: Mudhook Bar & Kitchen, and Black & Bitter Coffee and Books. Kaeser was also one of the founding owners of Dallas Beer Kitchen, a craft beer spot on Greenville Avenue, which closed in 2018.

Kim & Jenny’s is a classic home cooking cafe with breakfast, chicken fried steak, cookies and gravy, club sandwiches, pies and desserts. It was founded by sisters-in-law Kim Johnson and Jennifer Jones, who sold it to Moiz Syamshi in 2005 and opened another location in Midlothian.

Kaeser juggled with a desire to modernize the Duncanville restaurant while keeping its original DNA.

“Apart from the menu modernization and remodeling, it has remained the same so far,” he says. “Currently the hours are Monday-Saturday 7am-2pm, and I look forward to opening Sundays and adding some nighttime hours in the not too distant future.”

Welcome changes included replacing the funky old carpet with new plank floors to give it a cleaner, more modern feel.

“One thing I’m proud of is that we kept the whole back of the house and increased their salary by 35% on average,” Kaeser says.

The menu contains new items such as:

  • pot roast, served on Texas toast with carrots, celery and mashed potatoes, and gravy, which will be a regular lunch feature
  • fried chicken and waffles with pepper sauce
  • avocado toast with toasted almonds and diced tomatoes
  • Cinnamon brioches

Kim & Jenny’s is in Wheatland Plaza, a center near the intersection of 67 and I-20 that’s being redone by pioneering developer Monte Anderson, famous for revitalizing landmarks such as the Belmont Hotel in Dallas.

“That’s how I discovered coffee,” says Kaeser. “I was there with Monte and the owner said he would like to move on. I jumped on it, to keep it going after so long here.”

For the restaurant’s solid core of regulars, Kaeser has instituted an irresistible advantage.

“We took pictures and made personalized coffee mugs, where they get free coffee,” he says. “I want Kim & Jenny’s to still feel like home, but also appeal to a younger audience.”

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Café Liv community cafe opens in Ypsilanti in time for the fall semester

Ypsilanti-produced fresh baked goods await students this fall at the brand new Cafe Liv, owned by Eastern Michigan University alumnus William Sloan.

Named after Sloan’s daughter, Café Liv, sits in North Washington and Washtenaw in space previously occupied by A1 Quality Auto Repair & Transmission. Buying the building about three years ago, after the auto shop closed, Sloan got the idea to open a different kind of business.

“Around the time the tenant moved out and the closing started, my wife and I had our first daughter Olivia,” Sloan said.

Not only is the shop named after her daughter, but there’s also a latte named Liv, which features lavender and rose.

Another latte, named Chloe, is named after a friend of Sloan’s who runs the nonprofit dance studio Fun Girl Dance. One day she walked into the store and asked if there was any pistachio syrup and told Sloan he had to bring rose and pistachio.

So, Sloan named the pistachio, pink latte after Chloe.

But coffee isn’t the only thing on the menu. The shop also offers kombucha on tap and baked goods from local vendors Milk and Honey and Bird Dog Bakery.

“Two good companies and good people,” Sloan said. “They’re hyper local, what I’ve tried to focus on is making sure all the produce, the coffee and everything we get is as local as possible.”

Sloan finally opened the cafe on July 11 after spending the previous year learning all about coffee, ordering produce, painting the building and getting ready.

“I just wanted a place for people to come hang out and relax and have a nice cup of coffee and meet new people,” Sloan said. “It’s been a good experience so far.”

Prior to his idea of ​​opening a cafe, Sloan was not a coffee drinker and had no experience as a barista, but took on the challenge of quickly learning everything there is to know about creating and coffee consumption.

“I’m the kind of person who likes to dive deep, and so I looked up barista schools, coffee training, something like that and there’s actually a place in Ann Arbor, it’s called BD Barista School so I reached out to them, took an eight-week course on just about everything,” Sloan said.

The BD Barista School taught Sloan a range of knowledge about how to be a coffee entrepreneur, the history of coffee, how to pull off the perfect espresso and use different types of equipment, as well as how to create beautiful latte art. .

“It was really invaluable to me personally because I didn’t even like coffee until a year and a half ago,” Sloan said. “I didn’t drink coffee at all, I always drank tea.”

Going forward, Sloan primarily wants Café Liv to be a good place for people to come and hang out.

“I want to have events, I know there’s been like an absence of community events because Cultivate closed,” Sloan said.

Sunday morning yoga, live music and art workshops are just a few of the many ideas that are in the air and could come to fruition at Café Liv.

“I’ve also met tons of artists who would be interested in hanging up, displaying art on that back wall,” Sloan said. “I went to the East and have a BFA in the East, so maybe helping students get their work out there would be nice too.”

Students and community members can currently visit the space daily from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., times that may change in the future depending on demand.

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Chain restaurants and cafes on the way to the temple: places of worship attract the most large food service companies

Ayodhya, the Golden Temple, Vaishno Devi, Tirupati and Shirdi have become major attractions for multinational and Indian restaurant and cafe chains such as Burger King, McDonald’s, Domino’s, Burger Singh, Subway and ChaiPoint. They are setting up stores in such pilgrimage complexes that offer large captive markets and a first-mover advantage as they seek to expand physical stores after two years, while respecting religious dictates.

“Most of these chains plan to grow by segmenting the market, to tap into niches such as pilgrimages, highways, places of historical significance and tourist spots, as consumers return to dining, travel and out-of-home shopping,” Pankaj said. Renjhen, co-CEO of real estate consultancy Anarock Retail.

Rajeev Varman, General Manager of Burger King, which opened its first store in Katra, where the Vaishno Devi temple is located, said: “Our new restaurant in Katra is the world’s first 100% vegetarian Burger King outlet, without onion or garlic. Burger King, backed by Everstone Capital, which operates 325 outlets, said the food served at this restaurant “meets the expectations of patrons”.

The Indian unit of another US chain, McDonald’s North and East, has been allocated two sites by the Vaishno Devi Shrine Board on Yatra Road, which are expected to be operational by the end of September.

First-mover advantage

The company plans to open outlets in the Ayodhya, Kamakhya Temple and Katra resorts in the coming months, said Anant Agarwal, promoter of McDonald’s North and East. “We will offer purely vegetarian products, without onion or garlic, at affordable prices,” Agarwal said. McDonald’s North and East has two all-vegetarian outlets at Golden Temple in Amritsar and Kurukshetra in Haryana, which according to Agrawal have average sales of over Rs 1.5 lakh per day per store.

Executives said places of worship are proving to be major draws for large foodservice companies because it gives them a first-mover advantage.

Kabir Jeet Singh, co-founder of Burger Singh backed by Negen Capital and LetsVenture, said the chain is in the process of setting up its store in Ayodhya near the Ram mandir complex.

“Fitouts are underway and we expect to open the store in a few weeks,” Singh said. “There is a large captive market and a lack of competition in shrines. Worshipers want hygienic, quality food that is lacking in many busy places of worship.”

Although rentals are competitive, executives said the operations of large-scale companies have reached critical mass in their supply chains, so they are able to better serve smaller markets now, compared to to just a few years ago.

Chai Point tea-café this week announced its first store in the town hall complex near the Golden Temple, to add to its existing network of 180 stores. Chai Point’s general manager, Amuleek Singh Bijral, said the chain held a “chai langar” at the Golden Temple on the morning of August 15 “as a tribute to entering the holy city”.

The challenges of setting up outlets in smaller but high-traffic sites are similar to those in any small town, property managers said.

“Rentals in these locations are entirely market driven,” said Renjhen of Anarock Retail. “The challenges are getting property with facilities and amenities, and complying with local regulations.”


and Pizza Hut and KFC, operated by Sapphire Foods, as well as McDonald’s, said in their quarterly results that offline expansion was back on the table, after two years of a pandemic-induced focus on deliveries. Domino’s Pizza, operated by FoodWorks, which has more than 1,500 outlets in India, counts its Tirupati store as one of its best performers. Vaishno Devi recorded an annual yatra attendance of 5.59 million visitors in 2021, according to the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board website. The Golden Temple is known to attract more than 100,000 visitors a day on weekdays and 150,000 to 200,000 on weekends, according to an earlier report by the UK-based World Book of Records.

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More than just a bagel shop – NBC Boston

Café Fresh Bagel is a Needham, MA staple that has been serving bagels and New Jersey-style bagels for over 20 years.

Owner James Papadopoulos has worked there since he was 13, assisting his father on weekends. He says it’s being part of the community that counts. “I grew up in the business and it makes me happy to see the same people coming in,” he says.

Whether it’s high school kids down the street grabbing a pre-school sandwich or a mom packing lunch for the week, these locals can count on the fact that every bagel is all-natural.

Over the past few years, Papadopoulos has taken over the family business and strived to keep it authentic to the highest degree possible. He says, “We don’t use any preservatives. We don’t use any type of fillers or oils.”

Whether it’s an egg with bacon or cheese, a nova lox sandwich or even day-to-day toasted bagel chips, Café Fresh has something for everyone.

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Dine Out Boston is back with over 100 local restaurants, and Derek Zagami stopped by ZaZ restaurant in Hyde Park, which specializes in Asian-Latin fusion cuisine.

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Heritage Days, Car Cruise, Coffee in the Park Among Galesburg Events

Scottish ‘SKERRYVORE’ performs at Galva

Twice winners of Scotland’s ‘Traditional Live Act of the Year’ award, SKERRYVORE heads to Wiley Park in Galva on August 16th from 7-9pm for an evening of music, food and entertainment! With a mix of fiddle, accordions, bagpipes and whistles, alongside guitar and vocals, backed by bass, drums and keyboards, SKERRYVORE represents the best of contemporary Scottish traditional music. Bring your lawn chairs and be prepared to eat from the local vendors on site. In case of bad weather, the concert will take place at Bishop Hill Creative Commons. Tickets are $25, free for kids 12 and under, and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

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Café in the Park season finale Wednesday in Galesburg

The Downtown Galesburg Community Partnership is hosting the park’s last traditional cafe, Wednesday, August 17e, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Park Plaza in downtown Galesburg. Food includes local eateries Cielito’s Café and Pizza House, with live music from Sullivan’s Daughter. Admission is free and activities for children will be offered free of charge. Sponsored by Former National Bank. Stay tuned for DCP’s NEW Event, Cocktails & Café, a Boozy Happy Hour on September 21, 4-6pm

The annual Galesburg River 2 River Cruise Night car show was held downtown on Friday, August 20, 2021.

River-2-River Car Cruise-s in Galesburg

Experience one of Galesburg’s largest drive-in cruises, the River-2-River Cruise, August 19 from 1-9 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Galesburg. This event will take place rain or shine, open to all interested parties and without registration fees! Music by 3-D Sound with a 50/50 design, T-shirts, raffles and food vendors. Special guest and special reporting as Rick & Ricky Jones with RJ Race Cars & Quarter Max, Al Adams and Joe Nichols. For more information, contact: Kenton Bowles at (309) 337-1967, Don Rosenberry at (309) 299-5362, or go to Facebook:

Robert Grady, right, of Trivoli makes a piece of wood inside the Tall Robert's Handmade Wooden Paddles tent at the 26th Annual Galesburg Heritage Days Rendezvous Camp on Sunday August 22, 2021 at Lake Storey.

Galesburg Heritage Days takes place Saturday and Sunday at Lake Storey

Plan experience on the 27the Annual Galesburg Heritage Days, a free, public, family event on Saturday and Sunday August 20 and 21. One of the largest living history festivals in the Midwest takes place at Lake Storey Park. This event features over 750 reenactors and over 40 vendors/sutlers. Share the excitement of a pre-1840 American colonial/frontier rendezvous and a full Civil War battle re-enactment. Find out all the details of these two action-packed days at

Ross McIntire, technical director of the Orpheum Theatre, also known as

Orpheum Theater Anniversary Celebration

The Orpheum Theater is thrilled to celebrate its 106th anniversary this summer, and the community is invited to celebrate the occasion! On Sunday, August 21 at 2 p.m., a concert featuring classical music from the Romantic era, performers Brenna Chatterton on piano and Josiah Chatterton on baritone will take the stage. Tickets are general admission and pay what you can. This means customers can choose their own ticket price; 100% of ticket sales benefit the Orpheum Theatre. You can get your tickets by calling the Orpheum Theater Box Office at (309)342.2299 during office hours (10am-2pm, Tuesday-Friday) or online 24/7 at www.galesburgorpheum. org/tickets. The concert will be followed by a reception with birthday cupcakes; the concession stand will also be open and will offer refreshments for purchase.

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Chew Chew Bun Asian Bakery moves to former location of Crust & Crumb Cafe

Chew Chew Bun Asian Bakery is getting a little closer to the heart of State College this fall by opening new doors in the former Crust & Crumb Cafe location at 115 E. Beaver Ave.

The new location will open in downtown State College “by the end of August,” according to previous information on its website.

The bakery’s former location at the Nittany Mall closed earlier this year and all operations will now be moved downtown.

Chew Chew Bun was to serve Authentic Taiwanese-inspired pastries at State College since April 2019. It’s best known for its Portuguese egg tart and other items like milk toast, crispy ham and cheese, and sweet taro.

If you want to try the newest place in town, you can order ahead and check out the menu on its website once fully opened. It will also offer canned products like milk tea and cold brew from Rothrock Coffee.

Chew Chew Bun will join Egg Beef and Bacon, The Squirrel and Acorn Bookstore, Way Fruit Farm, Mediterranean grilled mezeh, and Planet Fitness as businesses prepare to open downtown in the near future.

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Café Grumpy’s current ready-to-drink cold brew with best before dates of 8/20/23 and 8/21/23 is unaffected by the voluntary recall of Lyons Magnus

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, Aug. 12, 2022 / — A number of coffee drink and oat milk brands produced by catering company Lyons Magnus have been recalled due to the potential for microbial contamination, including the organism Cronobacter sakazakii, in which preliminary root cause analysis shows that the products did not meet commercial specifications for sterility.
As specified by Café Grumpy and the Food and Drug Administration’s recall notice, this action only affects Café Grumpy products with one of these lot codes printed on the packaging: Lot 4211 Best By 8/27/22 , Lot 5211 Best By 8/28 /22.

No other lot codes or other Cafe Grumpy products are involved in this action.
Café Grumpy ceased working with Lyons Magnus in May 2021 and has had no relationship with them since then. All Café Grumpy Ready to Drink cold brew is now processed by Flow Hydration at their Virginia facility. Customers can also see that this current Café Grumpy cold brew has new packaging, which sets it apart from last year’s inventory. The current product manufactured by Flow Hydration is not impacted by the recall in any way.
“We take any production issues extremely seriously and, as a small, independent company, closely monitor all of our coffee, from beans grown on closely-knit family farms to the roasting process at our local factory in Brooklyn, New York. , want to be sure our customers see their expectations exceeded with each of our Café Grumpy products,” said Caroline Bell, Founder and Owner of Café Grumpy. “We are no longer working with Lyons Magnus for the production of our range of ready-to-drink cold ales and can assure our loyal customers that any Café Grumpy drink in our beloved cafes is safe and delicious.”
Café Grumpy thanks its customers for their understanding, their time and their patronage!

EDITOR’S NOTE: For more information about Café Grumpy and to schedule an appointment with a company spokesperson, please contact Nancy Trent or Pamela Wadler at 212-966-0024 or [email protected]

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Bee Healthy Cafe all buzzing about future prospects

CEO Cody Pepper and COO and co-founder Amir Alavi stand at a Bee Healthy Cafe in Oklahoma City. (Courtesy picture)

OKLAHOMA CITY (JR) — You could say they’ve been busy like bees at the Bee Healthy Cafe.

Oklahoma City-based Bee Healthy started the franchise in December 2021, and since then the cafe has hosted three franchise groups that operate five locations. The objectives are to open 30 around the OKC metro by 2024.

Born out of necessity after co-founder Cindy Alavi was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Bee Healthy Cafe is on a mission to help people stay healthy by providing healthy food options where they live. , work and study.

“It was important for us to be very deliberate about who we welcome as our first franchisees,” said Bee Healthy Cafe CEO Cody Pepper. “We want to work with people who we know are passionate about the mission, who can run a cafe successfully, and who align with our values.”

Given those goals, Pepper said that when it came to identifying franchisees, the decisions were obvious — pick existing employees and customers.

He said the first three groups of franchisees came from a variety of backgrounds, with two former cafe managers, a long-time customer and a husband and wife team with a passion for health.

“Our first franchisee, Kharissa (Edmond), reminded us a lot of our co-founders. She was a young woman who worked hard, earned the respect of her teammates, and had clients who simply loved her. So it was only fitting that she would go back to the original locations,” Pepper said.

“I loved working for the Bee Healthy team as a cafe manager, and I look forward to working alongside them now as a business owner,” said Edmond. “When they said they were looking for potential franchisees who want to be happy, healthy and wealthy, I said, count on me! This is my chance to change my future, to contribute to the health of the customers that I serve and to bring my family with me. I believe deeply in the mission of the company and I am beyond excited for this next chapter.

Bee Healthy Cafe now has nine locations open in Oklahoma City.

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Hillsdale’s beloved cafe victim of early morning burglary

PORTLAND Ore. (KPTV) – Someone broke into a beloved cafe in the Hillsdale neighborhood on Monday morning. The owners tell FOX 12 this is the first time someone has broken into Gigi’s Cafe in the eight years they’ve been there, but they also say they’re not really shocked it happened. in the neighborhood.

The owners, Charlene Wesler and Mike Susak, arrived around 5 a.m. after receiving a call in which their cafe had been broken into.

According to surveillance footage, you can see the rock flying through the window. Then a man in a hat, carrying two bags jumping out of the window, followed by a woman, also carrying a bag. They walk around and head for the kitchen, but take nothing. Then the man goes to the cash register and leaves.

“It would seem that there is no interest in anything else. In fact, they weren’t even in a rush. They walked very slowly, sort of to see what they wanted,” says Wesler.

According to police, upon arrival they searched the building but found it empty. But the thieves didn’t escape much. Charlene says they only escaped with about $100, but it will cost thousands in repairs.

” It could have been worse. We spent a bit of time this morning cleaning the glass inside and a bit outside as well,” says Wesler.

They cleaned up just in time to open for the day. But Charlene says she felt they were in a safe neighborhood.

“Recently we have seen an increase in burglaries. I know the restaurant across the street had its windows smashed last week,” says Wesler. “It’s just super frustrating. We try to help the community as much as we can, we try to help people who are down on their luck. So for that to happen to us, we’re a struggling restaurant. , trying to get back too.

The suspects are still at large.

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Governor JB Pritzker visits UpRising Cafe in Lake in the Hills following hate crime and dispute with village

Governor JB Pritzker visits UpRising Bakery and Cafe in Lake in the Hills on Friday following a hate crime police say occurred at the business on July 23. | Photo: JB Pritzker/Facebook

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker visited UpRising Bakery and Cafe in Lake in the Hills on Friday after the business was vandalized last month on the day it was to host a controversial children’s drag show.

Pritzker said he visited the company to “turn our anger into action and work together to find solutions.”

“We must come together to fight the rising tide of hate against our LGBTQ+ neighbors and friends, including the recent hate attacks at UpRising Bakery and Cafe. Hatred has no place here,” Pritzker said.

The company in a social media post on Friday afternoon thanked the governor and said it was “the honor of a lifetime” to shake his hand.

Pritzker left a message and signed his name on one of the company’s boarded-up windows during his visit.

Governor JB Pritzker visits UpRising Bakery and Cafe in Lake in the Hills on Friday following a hate crime police say occurred at the business on July 23. | Photo: JB Pritzker/Facebook

UpRising had sustained extensive damage early in the morning of July 23.

Officers found smashed windows and spray-painted hate messages on the building.

Lake in the Hills officers, along with Algonquin Police Sgt., arrested 24-year-old Joseph I. Collins from the 11700 block of South Ridgeway Avenue in Alsip.

Collins was charged with hate crime, a class 4 felony and criminal damage to property, a class 4 felony.

UpRising was to hold a family drag show later that same day. The company canceled the brunch due to the incident, but it has since been rescheduled for Sunday.

Corinna Sac said her business started receiving threats in person and online early last month after it announced it was hosting the drag show children were invited to attend.

Corinna Sac, the owner of UpRising Bakery and Cafe in Lake in the Hills, (pictured) claimed discrimination and the village’s ‘conspiracy’ in a video after the village sent her a letter ordering her to stop hosting entertainment events following a controversial drag show event. | Photo – Left: Screenshot; Photo – Right: UpRising Bakery and Cafe

After the vandalism, Sac says he received a letter following a meeting with the Village of Lake in the Hills.

The letter ordered Sac’s company to stop hosting entertainment events, saying UpRising was not zoned for them.

The village said it would pursue “appropriate enforcement action” if the company continued to hold events.

The letter stated that violations of municipal code and zoning ordinances could be issued against Sac and its landlord. The village also said it could suspend or revoke business licenses.

“We have been hosting events pretty much since the day we opened. Live music, or paint and sip, cookie making lessons and cake decorating lessons,” Sac said.

“It is essential for UpRising to be able to host these events. It’s what fills the gap in our daily sales to make sure we can pay our rent, pay our taxes, and pay our employees,” Sac said.

Sac said she felt it was “discrimination and a conspiracy to interfere with my business.”

Police say UpRising Bakery and Cafe, 2104 West Algonquin Road in Lake in the Hills, was vandalized on July 23 before a controversial drag show was scheduled for later that day. | Photo: UpRising Bakery and Cafe

In a lengthy statement, the Village of Lake in the Hills said: ‘This issue concerns a business that is conducting activities that it was never licensed to conduct. Although the potential revenue from these entertainment events may be attractive to the business owner, the village seeks to comply with its zoning regulations.

The village said in the statement that it has received complaints from the owner and tenants of Cedar Ridge Plaza, as well as neighboring residences, regarding loss of business, parking, safety issues and zoning violations, following company events.

“Ms. Sac said she now views the potential revenue from these entertainment events as critical to her business. She has made it clear that her intention is to continue providing entertainment on a more frequent and extended basis. Her recognition of this change in its business model has required the village to consider zoning issues, as operating an entertainment business is not a permitted use in this location,” the village statement read.

In a reversal, the village has since agreed to allow the company to move forward with event plans, including the rescheduled drag event, in accordance with current zoning laws, according to the ACLU. from Illinois.

“We are delighted to have reached a mutual agreement with the Village of Lake in the Hills,” Sac said.

“UpRising Bakery and Cafe opened its doors less than a year ago with the goal of providing a safe and welcoming ‘home’ for all beings, we thank the community, the ACLU, KRV Legal, municipalities and our families for helping us achieve this goal. We can’t wait to get back to baking and hosting community events!” Bag added.

Kevin Fee, Senior Special Litigation Counsel at the ACLU of Illinois, said Thursday’s agreement is “good news” for the community and a “victory for free speech.”

“We commend the village leaders for their willingness to engage early in thoughtful discussions leading to this understanding that allows UpRising to continue to serve their mission of being a community resource for all,” Fee said.

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Neighbors say Walker’s Cafe has unauthorized construction, owners say it’s just repairs

Trash and old appliances are left on the Walker’s Cafe site. Photo by Fabiola Esqueda

San Pedro residents say Walker’s Cafe has been under construction for a few months without a permit. However, a representative from Prospect Group, which owns the cafe, said they were just completing repairs and no permits were required.

Walker’s Cafe, a beloved restaurant in San Pedro that had been operating since the 1940s, closed in October 2021. After a campaign and petition to save the cafe and have it preserved as a historic landmark, Prospect Group l ‘bought in March 2022.


“I just assumed they got permits to do what they were doing,” said Noel Gould, a member of the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council who lives next door to the cafe. “So, I didn’t say anything about it for a while. And then we checked and found that they hadn’t taken away a single permit.

However, Silva Harapetian, a representative of Prospect Group, said it was a misunderstanding.

“It’s not construction, there were repairs,” Harapetian said. “Not all the things we’re talking about required permits, there were repairs.”

Harapetian said those repairs were discussed in a meeting with officials from the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety, the Office of Historic Resources and Council District 15. These repairs included a leaking roof, exposed electrical wires, and termite damage that threatened structural integrity. She said city officials didn’t give any approval for those repairs, but they discussed them.

“These repairs were absolutely necessary, otherwise the integrity of the building was at risk,” Harapetian said. “This property has not been touched for decades. It has been in poor condition for decades. »

Additionally, Harapetian said there have been numerous break-ins and vandalism, so Prospect Group often has people tending to the property even if they don’t work there. The city council is currently reviewing the building for historic landmark status, so no major changes are expected to be made. But Harapetian said the changes would not affect his status.

Nora Frost, director of public information for the City of Los Angeles Department of Planning, confirmed that such a meeting took place online on May 25.

“The owners discussed minor maintenance work they planned to do,” Frost wrote in an email. “The Office of Historic Resources has requested an outline of work to be reviewed for compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Rehabilitation Standards. Since that meeting, the OHR has received no such report or communication from the owners.

Emma Rault, a member of the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council and leader of the initiative to have Walker’s Cafe declared a historic landmark, has heard complaints from neighbors.

“A number of people have sort of come through the site and said from the noise level it looks like it’s pretty intrusive, not just some sort of minor fix,” Rault said.

Gould witnessed work being done on the property and took video while looking over his fence. He also spoke to an inspector from the Building and Safety Department.

“He went up there initially and surprised them in the middle of the build,” Gould said. “He asked permission to enter the property, but was refused. And he issued a stop work order on the spot.

Gould said the workers phoned their boss and told him they were just doing routine maintenance, but the inspector didn’t believe them.

Building and Safety Department senior management analyst Tony Pelaez could not confirm anything about the inspector, but said the department is currently investigating a complaint against the property. On the ministry’s website, it lists a construction complaint made without a permit or inspection, and lists the date received as June 29. It lists two additional violations, namely that the building is substandard due to unsafe electrical wiring and plumbing. However, it has an effective date of July 14 and says it is under investigation.

Harapetian denies that a stop work order was issued.

“The inspector, he showed up at the property, and he wanted access to the property,” Harapetian said. “There was no Prospect representative to let him in. … Because he couldn’t get in, he wrote to us.”

Harapetian said repairs were not underway yet and were dealt with several weeks ago. However, Rault said that was wrong.

“I received a video from a community member of the work being done on the site yesterday,” Rault said on July 31.

Rault and Gould say construction work continued even after the stop work order. Gould said they don’t do it as often, but it’s happened at least twice.

“They have the place completely fenced off and very dark,” Gould said. “But I was able to look at one point when they were working and I could see that the floors had been worked and there was all kinds of Romex, you know, electrical stuff, that they were laying on the floors and all. So it is obvious that they were doing heavy electrical work.

Gould said they also installed windows in the back where they hadn’t previously and carried out major plumbing work, including replacing a pipe about 40 feet long.

“They sort of got knocked out on their own,” Rault said. “And we don’t know the extent of the work they’ve done. And it is not inconceivable that they have at this point caused irreparable harm to a historic structure.

Additionally, on July 30, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, or AQMD, placed a notice of compliance on the fence surrounding Walker’s Cafe, requesting proof of a prior investigation into the incident. asbestos, where hazardous waste is transported, among other things.

“They didn’t get a permit from AQMD either,” Rault said. “At this point, they fell foul of the city and the Air Quality Management District. … So [what] we are looking at is pretty serious, completely ignoring the regulatory bodies that exist when doing work on a building.

Rault spoke with a man who was in talks with Prospect Group about renting the property, but he said the company was only willing to rent him the front building, not the back buildings.

“He said that for this to be a viable business concept, [he] would need access to the cafe,” Rault said. “But also think about things like outdoor seating in the back or an auxiliary building that could be a fully functional kitchen if you want to offer a larger menu. And it was his impression, just from his conversations with them, that they were more interested in using the rest of the plot and/or the buildings that are currently in the back and converting them into some kind of residential units as a different source of income. ”

Harapetian said Prospect Group would not convert any part of the property into residential units.

“There was no discussion, no plans, no permits, none of that was part of our internal conversation,” Harapetian said.

Rault said Prospect Group quoted the buyer $10,000 to $12,000 per month for rent on the building alone before.

“It’s not an amount of money anyone could recoup on that kind of square footage,” Rault said. “What that suggests to me is that maybe they’re not acting in good faith and they’re not serious about renting it out as a cafe.”

While the buyer in question could not be reached personally for comment, Rault shared an email from her, confirming everything she said about him.

However, Harapetian said it was not set in stone how much Prospect Group would charge for rent.

“[If] we have to change, for example, the kitchen, or get permits, whatever, if Prospect Group spends money, then the rent and business structure with the operator would be different than if someone came and spent its own money to put it into operation,” Harapetian said.

Harapetian said everyone she spoke to was in talks to rent the entire property.

“Everyone we spoke to, the conversations were geared specifically toward finding someone who can operate a restaurant that is going to protect the integrity of Walker’s Cafe,” Harapetian said..

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Vitality Bowls will bring the Superfood Café Concept to Modesto

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Local entrepreneurs sign deal with Vitality Bowls to open new cafe in Stanislaus County

August 02, 2022 // // MODESTO, Calif. — Vitality Bowls, which specializes in açaí bowls — a thick blend of antioxidant-rich açaí berries from the Amazon, topped with a variety of superfoods — announced a signed agreement with local entrepreneurs, Silvana and Reter Robin, to open the famous superfood cafe in Modesto.

Silvana and Reter plan to open the cafe near the booming Market Place mall and the popular Village One community area, where the health-focused fast-casual eatery will provide local residents, business professionals and visitors with access to an assortment of nutrients. dense foods not found elsewhere. After the opening of the first Vitality Bowls, Silvana and Reter hope to continue to other locations.

“The fresh ingredients and superfoods offered by Vitality Bowls will blaze a new trail for healthy eating in the Modesto area,” said Silvana Robin, a seasoned business professional with more than 30 years of sales management experience. by retail. “There’s something for everyone on the Vitality Bowls menu, including various gluten-free and vegan options. The cafe will be a great place for people to enjoy delicious food they can feel good about, and as a lifelong Modesto resident who is committed to healthy living, I know it will be the perfect addition to the local business community and restaurant scene. .”

Over the past decade, Northern California-based Vitality Bowls has become a true leader in the health food industry. The sophisticated and dynamic cafes fit perfectly into the unique collection of superfood dishes, all of which contain extraordinary ingredients packed with antioxidants and high nutritional values.

Vitality Bowls offers a variety of delicious options, such as the Dragon Bowl (with pitaya, pineapple, coconut milk, goji berries and bee pollen), the Green Bowl (with graviola, strawberries, kale, dates, spirulina and hemp seeds) and their signature Vitality Bowl (with organic acai, strawberries, banana, organic granola and honey).

In addition to acai bowls and smoothies, the brand offers a varied menu that includes hot and savory dishes, including salads, cereal bowls, wraps and toast loaded with nutritional ingredients and a wide range of toppings. of superfoods. Options include the Vitality Wrap made with hummus, avocado, super greens, cereal, roasted potatoes, radishes, pickled red onions, lemon tahini dressing, vegan aioli with garlic and super seed crunch, wrapped in a tomato and basil tortilla. Plus, all acai bowls and smoothies are made without any filler ingredients like ice, frozen yogurt, or artificial preservatives, resulting in the purest taste possible.

“Silvana and Reter are exactly the right entrepreneurs to grow the brand in Modesto,” said Tara Gilad, co-founder of Vitality Bowls. “They truly embody the values ​​of Vitality Bowls and share our mission to bring delicious and healthy food options to the community.”

There are currently over 140 Vitality Bowls locations open or in development across the United States.

About Vitality Bowls

Roy and Tara Gilad founded Vitality Bowls in 2011 in San Ramon, California. The duo launched the superfood cafe concept after discovering their daughter’s severe food allergies and wanted to find safe and healthy food alternatives. Since the franchise began in 2014, the brand has grown to more than 145 cafes open and in development.

Between 2019 and 2020, Vitality Bowls won the “Best Franchise to Buy” – New Ethnic Eats Category Zor Award, was named to the Top Food Franchise List and Top New Entrepreneur Franchise List, Top 200 List + Franchise Times Top Franchises, Entrepreneur, Inc.’s list of Growth Franchises, 5000 Fastest Growing Private Businesses, Restaurant Business’s Future 50, and Fast Casual’s Top 100 Movers and Shakers.

In 2021, Vitality Bowls ranked on Entrepreneur magazine’s 500 franchise list, claiming first place in the Açaí Bowl category and an overall ranking of #185.

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A cafe with the concept of a prison in Lavas Kopi Medan, USA

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Lavas Kopi is the only cafe that has the undertones of a prison or a holding cell in the penitentiary (Lapas) in the city of Medan. This cafe is located on Jalan Perjuangan, Sei Kerja Hillir Village, Medan Perjuangan District, Medan City, North Sumatra.

Observation Second North Sumatra Going to this cafe, it looks like there are many seats inside like a holding cell. Plus, there are names that should be in jail.

For example, there are holding cells for drug addicts, corruption, rape, criminals and the like which make this cafe feel truly unique.

At the outer gate, visitors will see a huge fence with a wire strip at the top, like a prison. In front of the building, the name of the cafe will be displayed with the words Lavaz Kopi Class 1 Meydan, just like the name of the class I prison, Tanjung Gusta in Medan.

After passing through the fenced area, at the entrance to the cafe, visitors will see a height chart which is commonly used to measure the height of prisoners. Usually many visitors to this place take pictures as if they are prisoners.

Inside the cafe there are also middle seats which look like other cafes. The seat was made of brown wood which was neatly arranged. This cafe also offers injury seating on the second floor, confined to a single cell.

Wahdan Choir Nashushan, as the manager of the cafe, acknowledged that Lavas Kopi Meydan is a branch of Lavas Kopi which was originally established in 2017 in Kisanan, Asan Regency.

“Lavas Kopi Medan will open in June 2022. This cafe is open daily from 10:00 WIB to 23:45 WIB,” Wahdan said in an interview on Sunday (7/31/2022) by dateiksumt.

It is said that apart from being a place to eat, the owner of the cafe also wants to provide education so that residents who want to know about the conditions in the prisons can see the concept promoted by this cafe.

“The concept of Lavas Kopi was inspired by prisons in the United States. The concept was embraced until it eventually became a cafe,” he said.

Besides the prison-style architecture, the menu of the dishes served has also been adapted from the prison concept. For example, gel fried rice. This fried rice is actually in terms of food ingredients, it is similar to normal fried rice.

But what’s the difference, because it’s fried rice wrapped in poached eggs. It refers to the concept of fried rice enclosed in an egg.

Besides the fried rice, the other favorite menu at this cafe is the Oreo monster drink. For those of you who want to try a healthy drink, the cafe also serves Jogja Vedang Uwo’s specialty drink which is made from herbal ingredients.

However, don’t worry, the menu served in this cafe is also varied. The price is also very affordable. So don’t worry, the food from this place won’t make you lose your pocket.

Apart from that, this cafe also impresses the visitors with the live music. Major batak music is said to be featured. This live music starts around 8:00 p.m. WIB. The singer who performs in this live music is also different every night.

“If this cafe is really a family concept, you can bring your children, your wife, your baby while listening to Batak songs,” he concluded.

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WITH VIDEO: Opening of the Meds Cafe in Alpena | News, Sports, Jobs

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Lindsey Randall weighs marijuana on one of the scales at the new Meds Cafe which opened in Alpena on Friday. This is the second adult marijuana store to open in the city this year.

ALPENA – The opening of the second adult marijuana store in Alpena on Friday was met with great excitement.

Dozens of people camped out in line ahead of the store’s opening – located on Campbell Street just off Ripley Boulevard – so they could take a look at the new business, score some loot and maybe make a purchase or two.

Meds Cafe, which has four stores in Michigan, welcomed its customers and rejoiced in the excitement of helping grow the marijuana industry locally.

Co-founder Scott Schroeder said it’s been a long road to get the store to this point, but everything is ready and employees are happy to serve people in the Alpena area.

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“It’s been a work in progress and it’s just super exciting and we’re excited to have the folks at Alpena coming to see what we can offer them,” he said. “We had people waiting in the parking lot at 8:15 and we opened sales at 9:00. We had 50 people come through the doors very quickly who took advantage of our freebies and everything was just awesome.”

The store offers more than pre-rolled joints and buds. It also sells vape pens, edibles, and topical creams, which are applied to the skin.

Schroeder said that due to the existence of multiple Meds Cafe locations in the state, the company is able to purchase large quantities of products at lower rates, which he says should keep prices affordable. and create more competition between existing stores and future stores.

“We’re going to pass all of our savings onto the consumer,” Schroeder said. “We are proud to be able to offer very good deals. Competition is good because the customer gets more for his money.

Before being allowed to open, the business had to obtain a special use permit from the city. The process was full of challenges after many people in the residential area near the store voiced their opposition to the permit and the store,

The opposition expressed by residents led the Alpena Planning Commission to twice refuse the necessary permit.

Meds Cafe challenged the refusal in court, saying it had met all the criteria. In early May, Alpena City Council voted to approve a bylaw, which paved the way for the necessary permit.

Schroeder said the store intends to show nearby residents that the store, its staff and its customers will not impact their way of life.

“We have been actively involved in every community we have entered and work with communities, not against them,” he said. “We are very community minded and want to be a good community steward.”

The grand opening celebration will continue at Meds Cafe today. Schroeder said there will be vendors, games, prizes, and grilled hot dogs and burgers.

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Pubs and cafes are feeling the effects of the rail strike – but workers back the action

Ellie Cassidy, owner of The Bulls Head, said she noticed a drop in trade

Trains were not running at stations across the country on Wednesday as a dispute between railway workers and the government over pay, jobs and conditions has yet to be resolved.

Shrewsbury station was eerily quiet. The normally busy parking lot was almost empty, with only a few taxis in the taxi rank. Trains weren’t running, but tickets were still sold out. There was a sign at the entrance that said no trains were running.

Passengers and business owners said the strikes had proved disruptive and difficult in terms of impacting trade, but they were supportive of the measures taken by the railway workers.

A quiet Shrewsbury station

One passenger, Ian Brown, had his travel plans disrupted. The digital marketer, whose company supports legal rights charities, was planning a trip to Watford and back for a business meeting. He had hoped to spend a night in Hertfordshire, but rail strikes meant he could not have made it back to Shropshire. The strikes also disrupted his plans over the weekend.

He said: “If you can stay, that takes the advantage away. It’s 120 miles each way. You can work from home, but working from home isn’t always efficient. Sometimes you need to see people in person. This reunion is something we’ve been looking forward to.”

But he added that railway workers “must do what they think is right”, and praised RMT general secretary Mick Lynch for “running circles” around politicians when he used his platform at information.

A sign at the station telling the public that no trains were running

The Iron and Fire cafe, which is next to the train station, normally benefits well from passing trade. But worker Jenny Vernon said passing trade was likely around 50 per cent less.

She said: “It was similar to the last time there were strikes. We bring people in from the bus station or if they live nearby, but that’s definitely half of what we would usually see.

“We get a lot of regulars that you see every day. You memorized their drinks, but they didn’t come here.

“But we support strikes. It’s part of a bigger problem. Inflation is at an all-time high since the 1970s. Everyone should get a pay rise, including railway workers.

“There is another strike on Saturday. It will affect a lot more because people would normally be traveling all over Shropshire for events and families would be out for days.”

A quiet Shrewsbury station

Bulls Head, just around the corner from Castle Gates, has also seen a major drop, and Saturday’s strike is expected to hit them in the pocket as well.

Owner Ellie Cassidy said: “Today has been so quiet. We’re a walk-through commercial pub. When the station is busy, we’re busy.

“We don’t blame the workers, they have to. It just means we have a quiet day, unfortunately.

“We normally have a lot of interchanges when trains from Birmingham New Street or Manchester arrive.”

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Gulfport’s Smokin’ J’s BBQ and Backfin Blue Cafe have closed

Two beloved Gulfport restaurants have closed permanently.

BBQ favorite Smokin’ J’s served up its final dish of brisket and pulled pork on Sunday, capping a 13-year run at 5145 Gulfport Blvd. S

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Owner John Riesebeck, a butcher and pitmaster who opened the popular Texas-style smokehouse in 2009, made the announcement on the restaurant’s Facebook page, saying the decision to close and retire was made with ” mixed emotions”.

“It’s been a wonderful 13 years and we appreciate all of your support over the years,” the announcement said. “We have made many friends along the way and for that we are truly blessed, but now is the time to retire and enjoy the rest of our lives.”

John Riesebeck, owner of Smokin’ J’s BBQ, poses outside his smokehouse in Gulfport on March 22, 2020. [ JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Times ]

Smokin’ J’s shutter comes just weeks after another longtime Gulfport restaurant was permanently closed.

After 25 years, the Backfin Blue Cafe, a casual seafood restaurant popular for its crab cakes, closed on July 4. Owner Harold Russell opened the restaurant inside the cottage at 2913 Beach Blvd. S in 1997.

News of the two closures has brought fans to tears over the loss of two local restaurants while other long-running St Petersburg eateries – Kissin’ Cuzzins and Munch’s – are currently up for sale.

Last week, the iconic St. Petersburg restaurant Kissin’ Cuzzins at 951 34th St. N went on sale for nearly $2.5 million. In June, the building that houses the Old Southeast Munch’s mainstay and several surrounding properties at 3920 Sixth St. S went up for sale for $2.7 million. Both restaurants are still open for the moment. It is unclear whether either restaurant would close if purchased or remain open.

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A couple plan to open a cafe in Wallingford Square on the east side

WALLINGFORD — Local couple Jeremy and Sarah Glidden are planning a cafe in the East Side Square which is home to East Side Pizza, Carini’s and Keri’s Sweet Creations.

As they prepare to open the cafe later this year, the couple are also trying to open a distillery called Angry Man Distilling.

“We are still looking for a small industrial space for the distillery, so in the meantime, 822 East Center Street will be a cafe known as Bones & Botanicals,” said Jeremy Glidden. “It will specialize in locally sourced herbal teas, craft cocktails, and Connecticut beer, cider and wine. When our distillery finds a home and is operational, we will stop using outside sources for our cocktails and use our own instead.

Sarah Glidden came up with the idea for the name of the cafe.

“I didn’t hesitate to say yes, she loves gardening and herbalism, so I couldn’t imagine finding a more fitting name,” Jeremy Glidden said.

The couple are still working on their liquor license. Jerry Farrell Jr, their attorney, said a sign notifying the public of the license must remain in place for 21 days.

“No app has the exact same path as another, but what usually happens is that sign has to be in place for 21 days and then the liquor commission is able to grant the license” , Farrell said.

Jeremy Glidden said they hoped to open in October but said it could be pushed back to early next year. The couple still have to design the café, buy equipment, paint and do other renovations.

Farrell thinks the coffee will be a plus for the place.

“It kind of complements some of the other things going on,” Farrell said.

While they will serve alcoholic beverages, Jeremy Glidden said the cafe will not have a bar atmosphere.

“Honestly, our place is small, we like it, we want to be a place where an adult can come and have a hot tea or a craft cocktail, read a book and not feel out of place,” said Jeremy Glidden. “We’re a cafe, not a bar, no TVs, no $6 drinks.”

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12 Glasgow restaurants, bars and cafes that have closed this year

It’s been a tough two years for the city’s hospitality industry as businesses struggle to cope with the lasting impact of covid restrictions as well as the cost of living crisis.

While some have moved on to new ventures, or still have successful sister sites, there’s no denying that the food and drink scene seems like a very different place without them.

Here is a list of 12 restaurants, bars and cafes that have announced their closure this year.

Puti Vegan Cafe

In a huge loss for Glasgow’s vegan food scene, Puti Vegan Café announced its closure in March this year.

The Cambridge Street restaurant was known for its exciting pan-Asian cuisine serving everything from vegan prawn toast to create-your-own style snack boxes.

In a statement, the owners said: “With great sadness, Puti will be closing for the foreseeable future.

“On behalf of all Puti staff, we thank you all, our Puti family, for the constant support over the years and I hope we can see as many faces as possible before our door closes. finally.”

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After two years of serving ‘toasts with a twist’ from their Pollokshwas Road unit, Babos decided to close permanently last month.

Citing “increasing costs” as the reason for the store’s closure, they assured fans that they would still attend food festivals and hold private events across the country.

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absurd bird

Absurd Bird is one of the last downtown restaurants to say goodbye this year.

Earlier this month, bosses took to TikTok to share the news, saying, “With heavy hearts, we have officially closed.

“I would like to apologize to anyone with a reservation that we can no longer honour, this decision was unfortunately beyond our control.

“Thank you to everyone who has joined us over the past four years for huge chicken burgers and delicious cocktails, we’ve loved every minute of it.”

Read more here.

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Viva Ristorante

Viva Ristorante was a city favorite for over 17 years before announcing its shock closure in March.

The family-run Italian spot didn’t provide a reason for closure at the time, but reminded fans that sister restaurant, the Italian Kitchen on Ingram Street, is still very much open for business.

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Cafe Cossachok

Believed to be the only Russian-inspired restaurant in town, the bosses of Cafe Cossachok on King Street revealed in March this year that they “did not survive covid”.

Owner Julia Atlas said: “Due to all the restrictions, people who rented our Cossachok for seven years had a lot of problems getting it to work.
“He’s been popular for so many years.

“It was an institution, but it’s a good time to say goodbye.”

Learn more here.

Cafe Pieno

Caffe Pieno said a heartfelt goodbye to its regulars in April, sharing that the cost of living crisis was the reason they were forced to close.

They said: “We managed to survive during the pandemic and we thought if we could survive, we could survive anything.

“But to now be faced with rising costs at every turn, we had to make the difficult decision to close the cafe at the end of the month.”

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Abandoned ship

A bustling downtown spot that had been open for less than a year before it shared news of closing this month.

Bar owners, the MacMerry Group, went into liquidation in June and then closed the site completely despite previous assurances that staff jobs would be safe.

Learn more here.

The Mediterranean

Located on a busy stretch of Kilmarnock Road, La Mediterranea last closed on May 30.

It looks like this won’t be the last we’ll see of them, however, as the owners said: “We’ve got an exciting new business coming up in the next few months and we’ll be pouring all our energy into it.”

Read more here.

Mora Bar and Kitchen

Finnieston-based Italian restaurant Mora Bar and Kitchen officially closed for good in May with a social media post by chef Luciano.

The message read: “Dear customers, family, friends. I postponed this post because I just didn’t know how to say it…

“Mora is now closed for good. For professional and personal reasons, it’s time to move on.

“For nearly fifteen years it has been my greatest pleasure to work the stoves here in our little home in Finnieston.”

Read more here.

Cooking the three sisters

This popular Great Western Road bakery, run by sisters Linsay, Nichola and Gillian Reith, had its last day of sale in April.

With the store’s lease ending after three years, the siblings decided to branch out into the company’s thriving wholesale business.

Read the full story here.

Sara’s Coffee

This Italian cafe in the West End closed in June with owner Sara explaining that it was time to “spend time with my family to recharge the batteries after two very long, difficult years for the business”.

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Bluebird Cafe

Although Bluebird Cafe has passed under new management, we’ve included it in our list to mark the end of an era as longtime owners Mirella and Dino Iafrate retired in May.

After 40 years at the Govanhill cafe, Mirella said: “Looks like it’s time to bring some fresh blood to the place and some new ideas.

Read more here.

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NEST Café becomes a member of the Food Rescue Partnership

To become a member of the food security group, a business or organization must regularly donate food to local hunger relief agencies.

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — Editor’s Note: The above video is from April 14th.

A Rock Island business is recognized by the Food Rescue Partnership for its work in food donation, waste prevention and hunger relief.

NEST (Nourish Everyone Sustainably Together) cafe on Rock Island has become a member of the Food Rescue Partnership for its unique pay-as-you-go business model, locally sourced food, pet food and composting.

NEST Café, which opened its permanent location earlier this year, works by offering meals for a range of donations, from the suggested amount of a normal meal price, change or even volunteer time to work at the café if your pockets are empty. The arrangement is especially important for people who are food insecure and for people with more money and time to help help people eat.

The Food Rescue Partnership is a Quad Cities community coalition dedicated to fighting hunger and reducing food waste by working with establishments to get food to the landfill and get it to the tables of those in need or to composting. The coalition recognizes partners by making them a member of the organization.

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To become a FRP member, a business or organization must regularly donate food to local non-profit hunger relief organizations, sharing the partnership’s goal of reducing food waste.

“We are proud to showcase the efforts of Quad City residents committed to providing much-needed food to the food insecure in our community – a startling 8.9% in Scott County and 10. 9% in Rock Island County,” Christina McDonough, chair of the board of the Food Rescue Partnership, said in a press release. “Donating excess food is a double win, it feeds the hungry and helps reduce the amount of food waste going to landfill.”

To apply for the membership program or learn how to get started in food rescue, you can visit the Food Rescue Partnership website.

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New Joliet restaurant ‘A cozy cafe for everyone’

JOLIET, IL – If you’re looking for a new Jolie restaurant that does “homemade food” and promotes “that our price isn’t expensive,” then you’ll need to check it out. Pit Stop Corner Cafe.

Pit Stop opened in January along Route 53 at 2050 South Chicago Street. The clientele is divided between people from La Joliet and truckers from overseas.

“The owner was a truck driver and he wanted truck drivers to be reasonably priced. It’s a cozy cafe for everyone,” said one of the Pit Stop managers in Joliet Patch during a recent interview. “It’s really unique for Joliet. Our price is not expensive.

“Every week gets busier.”

Pit Stop Corner Café is open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. It’s dine-in and take-out.

Pit Stop Corner Café has received 41 Google reviews since opening. All give it 5 stars.

Here are some of the most recent reviews:

  • This place has possibly the best breakfast sandwiches. My only complaint is that they are closed on weekends, so I have to eat somewhere else.”
  • “Best truck stop food ever.”
  • “Great place. They offer the best quality among other truck stops in the area. Great food choices.”
  • “Great sandwiches and chili! The area’s best kept secret.”
  • “Very good quality…like everything Cadence Premier does…highly recommend.”
Pit Stop Corner Cafe opened this year at 2050 South Chicago Street in Joliet. It has 41 Google reviews, all 5 stars. John Ferak/Patch

The Pit Stop Corner Cafe offers coffees with Italian flavors and an assortment of pastries as well as breakfast sandwiches including bacon, eggs and cheese. One of the most popular menu items is the “Pit Stop sandwich. Some people say it’s the best steak sandwich they’ve ever had in the country,” the manager remarked. “The panini sandwich is really good too.”

As for the dinner dishes, the manager of Pit Stop Corner Coffee said that the teriyaki salmon was a hit with customers.

In addition to truckers, Pit Stop also receives many customers from warehouses in the area, including Amazon and IKEA. “People come here just for coffee too,” he noted. “Coffee is a big deal here too.”

Pit Stop Corner Cafe is not part of any chain. It is locally owned by Murad “Moe” Ayrah.

“We’re looking for motivated, hard-working people,” he said, referring to the fact that the Pit Stop Corner Cafe is currently hiring baristas and cooks.

To learn more about the restaurant and its menu, visit the Pit Stop Corner Cafe website.

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The 8 best cafes to visit with the family in Aberdeen

Schools have been closed for several weeks now and, let’s face it, it can be difficult to find hobbies that will keep the whole family entertained.

Although there are a number of scenic parks, attractions and activity centers in the city, there is one thing that everyone would definitely enjoy: enjoying good food.

The following cafes are perfect for parents who need a little time away from home, but also need plenty of food and drink for the kids.

Whether they love savory foods like bagels, soups, or burgers, or prefer sweet treats, you’re sure to find several restaurants to visit in this list.

Joe’s cafe

If I had to recommend one thing for people young and old to order at Jojo’s Coffee Shop, it’s the cafe’s chocolate fondue.

Featuring luxurious Belgian chocolate served with a chocolate brownie, banana bread, marshmallows, hot Belgian waffles and fresh fruit, the menu is not only tasty, but also fun to eat.

Just make sure you have towels handy…

24-28 Belmont Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1JH

Tree Corner Cafe

Does anyone in your family have any allergens they need to be wary of? Well, you’re in luck, because Corner Tree Cafe caters to vegans as well as those with gluten intolerance.

Serving brunch, lunch and afternoon tea, it’s a great stop for all ages.

There’s even a kids’ menu with several sandwiches and stacks of pancakes, with toppings like Nutella, maple syrup, fresh fruit, and bacon.

3 Whitehall Road, Aberdeen, AB25 2PP

Coffee 100

If you or your loved ones already crave breakfast at particular times of the day, then Cafe 100 will become your new go-to restaurant.

Known locally for its delicious all-day breakfasts, the dishes won’t disappoint even the pickiest of eaters.

The company’s full breakfast includes two pieces of grilled bacon, two fried beef and pork sausages, fried egg grilled tomato, potato scone, hash browns, mushrooms and blood sausage black with Heinz beans and buttered toast.

100 Holburn Street, Mannofield, Aberdeen, AB10 6BY


The Cup’s menu is one of the most impressive in the city when it comes to its varied offer for adults and children. You will be spoiled for choice.

A snack for children, a chocolate fondue and a “kiddie board” consisting of orange juice, mini cereals, Nutella pancake and a mini roll of bacon are some of the dishes available for the little ones .

Not only that, but the menu also offers a number of brekkie boards.

9 Little Belmont Street, Aberdeen AB10 1JG

Tartan Pig Cafe

The Tartan Pig Coffee House is perfect for the sweet tooth. If you fall into this category and my listicle encourages you to visit, then you can thank me later.

Brownies, blondies, scones, croissants, cakes, cupcakes and muffins are just some of the products the team prepares daily for the enjoyment of customers.

There are also smoothies, milkshakes and plenty of coffees to choose from.

34 Hollybank Square, Aberdeen, AB11 6XS

View of Kirk

One of my favorite family-friendly cafes in Aberdeen is Kirk View, which recently moved to a new downtown location.

If you and your family love tapas style food then this restaurant will be right up your street.

Oh, and they serve plenty of cocktails, beers, gins and wines for adults…

47 Belmont Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1JS

The Highlander Cafe Bus

A unique experience awaits you and your loved ones at the Highlander Cafe Bus. Why, you might ask? The clue is in the name.

Yes, you guessed it, you can enjoy a variety of tasty food inside a bus on Aberdeen’s waterfront.

Not only is the view something to enjoy, but the food and drink has also received great reviews from guests since the company was founded.

Beach Boulevard, Aberdeen, AB11 5DN


Cafes for families are obviously spread throughout the city. If you are in the Cults area, then Blether should be on your list of places to stop.

Although there are plenty of sweet and savory items to sample, I highly recommend opting for a scone.

Flavors have included pomegranate and orange, apple and strawberry, pineapple and coconut, rhubarb and strawberry, cheese, raspberry and peach and blueberry.

371 North Deeside Road, Cults, Aberdeen, AB15 9SX

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Bean’s Café funding for Centennial Park has run out

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) — Beginning July 1, Bean’s Café has been offering free meals in Centennial Park to homeless Anchorage residents. On July 5, the organization went from one meal a day to three meals.

“We hope this helps people stabilize. If they don’t have to worry about where they’re having their next meal, what it’s going to be or how they’re going to eat,” said Lisa Sauder, CEO of Bean’s Café. “People have to have two basic things to be able to do anything else. You must have food and shelter before you can worry about a job or anything else.

The decision to serve food at Centennial Park, Sauder said, was in response to bear-human encounters, fire dangers and their patrons’ continued need for a reliable food source. To help eliminate bear encounters, the Anchorage Parks and Recreation Department has also provided picnic tables for people to use with the Bean’s Café food truck. Sauder said this will help clear food at campsites and they will remove and dispose of all trash.

“People need more than one meal a day if they can’t cook at a campsite and if they don’t have access to a grocery store where they can buy food or use SNAP benefits,” said Sauder said.

Bean’s Café spends $2,200 a day to fund the program. This money covers staff costs, a generator for the food truck and food. Bean’s Café raised a total of approximately $21,000 to fund the program. However, Sauder said on Wednesday the program used all the money it raised to provide food.

“We don’t have designated funding for this. There’s no contract for that, we’re using community funds here to feed people every day,” Sauder said.

The closest place to buy food, according to Sauder, is half a mile away, at a Holiday gas station. However, for the vulnerable homeless population, this is not always feasible, especially when the nearest public transport is also 800m away.

“We realized people needed to be fed where they were,” Sauder said. “Instead of the old soup kitchen model and people coming to you, we need to be more mobile and go where they are.”

The Bean’s Café now faces the challenge of raising additional funds to maintain its catering service to Anchorage residents at the Centennial Campground, which is especially difficult as the cost of food has increased.

“It’s really important for the community to step up and help us make sure no one goes hungry in our community,” Sauder said.

Bean’s Café encourages anyone wishing to donate towards the cost of food to visit its website, where it accepts donations.

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Mark LaFlamme: Obscura Cafe and other alternate dimensional entities

So, I was down the street in Lisbon the other day, doing some stuff down the street in Lisbon, when I encountered a strange sight.

I was at a place where I should have faced the old and familiar sign announcing the place as Lamey-Wellehan. I had never known a real Lamey-Wellehan store to live in this place, but the sign had always been there and I had gotten used to it.

But now that faded, familiar sign was no longer there at all. In its place, the dark, nifty little joint is proclaimed to be Obscura Cafe and Drinkery.

“What is tarnation?” I said out loud, because that’s how I talk when I’m faced with the unknown. “When did they put such a nice drinking establishment here and why wasn’t I told?”

Disoriented and confused, I raced to find answers. I didn’t have to look any further than recent Sun Journal headlines.

“Obscura Cafe and Drinkery is almost ready to roll in Lewiston,” said a post from our business pages dated April 28, 2022.

Which is just like rain, I think. I prowl this end of town half a dozen times a day and never noticed the Lamey-Wellehan changeling, but hey. A guy misses things once in a while when he’s downtown doing things in Lisbon’s lower street.

Later that afternoon it occurred to me that I could definitely use a new HDMI cable since my HDMI cable at home had collapsed the same way HDMI cables do. Right away, I drove to Staples over there at the Promenade Mall.*

“What in the flames!” I declared when I arrived, because not only was Staples missing, but also the dollar store that occupied the same mall. There wasn’t much to find there, actually, other than a rather nondescript place called Paychex – which wouldn’t make me a salary, by the way, even though that’s the name of their company .

This, I was sure, was a great mystery, one that would shock the locals to their feet for days to come. To prepare for this, I went back to the Sun Journal archives to begin my exhaustive investigation and… Well, are you going to watch this? Staples had actually disappeared from the mall several months ago in the fall, and the dollar store opened around the same time. Paychex, as it happens, has been in this location since at least 2018.

The day was turning into a dizzying day, and things didn’t get much better when I went across the parking lot and found, not the Pepper & Spice Thai food joint that my wife loved. so much, but a dark (and rather inviting, frankly) little social club called The Midtown.

“What jumped on Josephine going on here?” I asked at the parking lot.

I called my wife in a mad panic.

“It’s like one of those episodes of Twilight Zone!” I stammered the second she picked up the phone. “Everything familiar has been changed and I’m the only one who can see it! Throw the bug out bags in the truck! Get as much water as you can from the tap and toilet and head for the hills! Get moving! You, woman, we’re talking about parallel universes here!

Wouldn’t you know? Once I mentioned Pepper & Spice as one of the sources of my recent discomfort, the woman laughed at me and told me that the Thai restaurant had left that place, not weeks or months, but years. Up to five years, even.

I thought she was pretty dismissive of my survival plans, frankly, but I moved on. What I needed was an ice cold drink and maybe some lottery scratchers to soothe my raw nerves. I drove to the corner of Lisbon and Sainte-Croix streets for a stop at this little dirty market that I have always loved so much. You know the one I mean. I never remember its name, but might as well call it Vice Mart because the only things worth going there are cigarettes, booze, rolling papers and lottery tickets.

Of course, when I arrived at the place in question, the store was not there. Domino’s was there instead, haughtily displaying its red, white, and blue decor as if it had been around since Hector was a puppy.

“What’s a pizzeria doing here in the Haystack Calhoun!” I demanded, and I knew for certain that I would finally be right on the parallel universe theory because I was sure – absolutely, positively, 100% to mark my words – that my little store of vices was there for a few days since.

But no. According to these Sun Journal hate business pages, Domino’s took over the corner of Lisbon and Sainte-Croix waaaaay in 2019 which meant that even though I felt like yesterday I had been to this store, it been at least three years old. .

That’s when the sobs started.

I tell you, good people, there was a time when I knew every square inch of downtown Lewiston. I made it a point to know what was where and who was doing what with whom at any given time. When old businesses were closed or new ones were started, it interested me because you never knew how the changing dynamics of the city might impact the crime and mayhem I was pursuing so ardently.

I don’t know exactly when my eye for these details started to drift away from me. Maybe I stopped paying attention because of heartache alone after losing beloved landmarks like Victor News, Chopsticks, and Speaker’s Variety. Maybe it goes back even further than that – I remember having quite intense grief when the dark, seedy bar called The Ritz collapsed there on Maple Street, and that was a while ago about five years.

Maybe I’m stuck in a constant state of denial, still wishing Lewiston was exactly as I found it when I came here in 1994. That would explain why on occasion I still park in this lot empty next to Burger King on Lisbon Street, expecting to find a Mobil gas station there.

Or why I’m constantly heading to the Goodwill location a little higher up only to find some vague kind of place there called Fedcap Opportunity Center, instead, and they won’t take my bags of old clothes and broken electronics , no matter how eloquent my speech .

Old businesses are being mowed down like weeds every other day, it seems. New ones sprout like bright, hopeful flowers, and somehow you weirdos manage to keep up with the whiplash changes happening day by day around you.

For me, at least there is Auburn. I’m pretty comfortable and familiar there, per gum. As long as I know Laverdiere’s Super Drug Store is tucked away right there in Great Falls Plaza, I’ll be fine.

*What in Sam Hill? I was just told that The Promenade Mall is no longer called The Promenade Mall either! It’s crackers, I tell you! Crackrs!

When Mark LaFlamme isn’t getting lost in Lewiston, he’s the crime reporter for the Sun Journal.

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Empowering women through A Pot of Courage, a culturally diverse cafe

Stefi Tello beams as she carries an unusual breakfast plate to our communal wooden table. I’m at A Pot of Courage in Ballarat, a non-profit social enterprise cafe that empowers women from diverse cultural backgrounds through hospitality training and employment opportunities.

Ballarat is a former gold rush town in the Central Highlands of Victoria, an hour and a half northwest of Melbourne. There is already a small pot of Australian native flowers on the table, along with a yellow card designating the section as a “Have a Chat” table. Later, A Pot of Courage founder Shiree Pilkinton tells me that sharing stories is what she thinks breaks down cultural barriers.

“It changes perspectives and expands minds,” she says.

Tello proudly places an arepa in front of me. The cornmeal cake is miles away from the ones she grew up in Colombia. The top half has been deliberately angled from the bottom to reveal an avocado rose, carefully positioned alongside a fried egg and chorizo. Frijoles (beans) and cheese taste like home to her.

“In Colombia, everyone loves arepas. We’ve been eating them since we were little,” says Stefi. “We eat arepas all day, but the special moment is breakfast.”

For many Ballarat locals, a visit to A Pot of Courage is the first time they’ve tasted Colombia’s favorite breakfast. Other South Americans living in Australia go out of their way to eat arepas. There is also Vietnamese lemongrass chicken, homemade spanakopita and Bangladeshi dhal on the menu.

“It doesn’t matter whether you’re Anglo-Australian, Aboriginal or Persian – there’s a place for you here.”

In her former job at Women’s Health Grampians, Pilkinton met with 14 women each week to discuss gender equity, support services and preventing violence against women. Everyone brought food.

“I used to say I went to the best cafe every Thursday because there was often food from 14 different cultures. Now everyone can experience it,” says Pilkinton.

She got tired of hearing horror stories of discrimination and job rejection from women and decided to think about how to turn their cooking skills into income, with the help of the group. The result was a cookbook published in 2018 titled It needs courage. A pop-up followed, with people lining up for the best banh mi in the area.

When Pilkinton started a new job in the Barkly Square neighborhood, a former high school campus with an uninspiring cafe downstairs, she struck a deal for her Thursday women’s group to take over the space.

A Pot of Courage opened in early February 2020; six weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted meals. To survive, they launched door-to-door banquets in Latin America and street food deliveries in Malaysia. The silver lining was a huge growth in the A Pot of Courage database, which meant that by the time hospitality venues could reopen for dinner, people were flocking to the cafe.

“We trained and employed 30 mostly marginalized, isolated, financially independent people who were really eager to share their culture through their food – and get paid for it,” says Pilkinton.

Some of the women have since set up their own side businesses, bottling traditional condiments and serving their national food at the Ballarat Farmer’s Market. The cafe throbs with community support, from selling local art on the walls to a pay-for-pay initiative.

“We call it an intercultural cafe because it’s more active than a multicultural cafe,” says Pilkinton. “It doesn’t matter whether you’re Anglo-Australian, Aboriginal or Persian – there’s a place for you here.”

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A pot of courage
Barkly Square, 25-39 Barkly Street
East Ballarat, Victoria

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GoFundMe raises thousands of dollars to save the Silly Ax Cafe

After nearly closing, a restaurant in the Highlands remains open thanks to generous donations from the community. The Silly Ax Cafe on Dundee Road is Louisville’s only dedicated gluten-free restaurant. It is also peanut and nut free. Owner Angela Pike shared this GoFundMe online about a week ago asking the community for help if she wanted the restaurant to stay open. “Margins are really tight, they’re already tight with restaurants in general, especially in a small, family-run, popular restaurant like ours,” Pike said. “I don’t have any company or anything supporting me. It’s just me and my family.” More than $25,000 has been donated via GoFundMe and in person. Staff shortages, pipes bursting and flooding the restaurant and now driving up food prices. Pike explains how the Silly Ax Café has much higher food costs in general and the difficulty of finding alternatives.” When one of our items skyrockets or triples or quadruples the price like so many things, we usually can’t find any alternative object to use,” Pike said. “Because an alternative item is processed in a place with peanuts or tree nuts or is processed in a facility where wheat exists.” Pike plans to launch a new menu using cheaper ingredients and less labor-intensive recipes. Pike said she plans to pay off accumulated debt, get back on track, and set aside whatever remains in case something bad happens again. of love,” Pike said. “When I wanted to give up, there was a big part of me, I felt mentally finished. I didn’t want to do it anymore. I gave it my all and honestly the community brought back my will to fight, my will to keep going.” To read Pike’s full post, click here.

After nearly closing, a restaurant in the Highlands remains open thanks to generous donations from the community.

The Silly Ax Cafe on Dundee Road is Louisville’s only gluten-free restaurant. It is also free of peanuts and tree nuts.

Owner Angela Pike shared this GoFundMe online about a week ago asking the community for help if she wanted the restaurant to stay open.

“Margins are really tight, they’re already tight with restaurants in general, especially in a small family restaurant like ours,” Pike said. “I don’t have any company or anything supporting me. It’s just me and my family.”

Over $25,000 was donated via GoFundMe and in person.

Pike said they have struggled to catch up after being hit by COVID-19, staff shortages, bursting pipes flooding the restaurant and now rising food prices.

Pike explains how The Silly Ax Café has much higher food costs in general and the difficulty of finding alternatives.

“When one of our items skyrockets or triples or quadruples in price like so many other things, we usually can’t find an alternate item to use,” Pike said. “Because an alternative item is processed in a place with peanuts or tree nuts or is processed in a facility where wheat exists.”

Pike plans to launch a new menu using cheaper ingredients and less labor-intensive recipes.

Pike said she plans to pay off accumulated debt, get back on track, and set aside whatever remains in case something bad happens again.

“I haven’t had a paycheck in about six months and honestly at this point it’s a labor of love,” Pike said. “When I wanted to give up there was a big part of me, I felt mentally finished. I didn’t want to do it anymore. I gave it my all and honestly the community brought back my will to fight, my willingness to continue.”

To read Pike’s full article, click here.

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Whitsons Culinary Group will use Culinary Digital’s Café Connections

In this special edition of its 5 Things series, Food Management highlights five recent technology-related developments affecting the restaurant world.

Here is your list for today:

  1. Whitsons upgrades communications network at K-12 unit

FM Top 50 Whitsons Culinary Group, which provides personalized catering services to public schools and other customers in the Northeast, has announced a new project with food technology platform Culinary Digital to launch the digital network Café Connections in 110 school districts, linking communication for onsite staff and enabling Whitsons to deliver real-time information and updates directly to onsite teams. In addition to easily managing content on each school’s screens and helping to build skills and keep team members engaged, Café Connections will update staff with real-time information on new products, plans, training, features or reminders; ensure responsive communication between headquarters/district and on-site teams; and provide system flexibility to customize messages in each district.

Read more: Culinary Digital and Whitsons partner to launch “Café Connections” in 110 school districts

  1. Survey shows general desire to reduce reliance on post-COVID virtual services

Many Americans don’t expect to rely on the digital services that have become commonplace during the pandemic after COVID-19 died out, according to a new survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, with nearly half or more of American adults saying they are not likely to attend virtual activities, receive virtual healthcare, get groceries delivered or use curbside pickup after the end of the coronavirus pandemic, although many also want the option to remain. “Rather either-or, I think we’re more likely to face a hybrid future,” said Donna Hoffman, director of the Center for the Connected Consumer at the George Washington School of Business. “People have found convenience in some of these virtual options that makes sense, and they don’t necessarily have anything to do with it, like your safety or the pandemic, even though they’ve come of age during the pandemic. “

Read more: AP-NORC Poll: Half of them say they will stop using virtual options after COVID

  1. Campus robots are seen as assisting, not replacing, human staff

After announcing their partnership last month to bring self-driving deliveries to college campuses, online ordering platform Grubhub and self-driving robotics company Cartken stressed that the move was intended to complement, not supplant, human staff. “[We’re] increasing the current runners they have and the volumes Grubhub sees on campus,” said Cartken co-founder/COO Anjali Naik. “That’s really where robots fit in well, to transport food over these short distances at this volume…We’ve always seen this as something that will expand traditional delivery options, having this addition to the delivery network that we see today.”

Read more: Grubhub Robotics Partner Predicts the P2P Future of Automated Delivery

  1. Robot invasion alarms hospitality unions

A nascent line of robots has begun to fill positions in understaffed hotels, and groups of workers are sounding the alarm that the nascent army of automatons, currently numbering at least 200 nationwide, threatens to grow and replace paying members. However, the American Hotel & Lodging Association notes that the hospitality industry has lost 1.3 million jobs in the past two years and that around 49% of hoteliers say their properties are “severely understaffed”. .

Read more: Understaffed hotels are hiring robots – and unions are backtracking

  1. A Fully Automated Spaghetti Restaurant Opens in Tokyo

The operator of the Japanese cafe chain Pronto Corp. opened a spaghetti restaurant with a fully automatic kitchen in Tokyo, allowing minimal labor to serve the dishes. The P-Robo food processor, jointly developed with Tokyo-based technology company TechMagic KK, prepares a dish of spaghetti in 45 seconds, automating the cooking process, from boiling the pasta to mixing with the sauce and more ingredients, and all the human employees then have to do is put the cooked spaghetti on plates, add some toppings, and serve.

Read more: Opening of a self-cooked spaghetti restaurant in Tokyo

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6 Costa Rican cafes perfect for a weekend brunch in Heredia:

In Costa Rica, some weekends are for nature adventures, while others are for spending some relaxing time in town. What better way to start a weekend in the city than going out for an idyllic brunch with loved ones? Delicious food and the perfect coffee brew complemented by warm conversations can be the perfect recipe for your morning delight. To help you plan, here are 6 cafes perfect for enjoying a weekend brunch in Heredia.

1. Cafeteria Sula

The green painted wall and bright yellow cushions in the Sula Cafeteria elicit instant joy. With plenty of power outlets and free Wi-Fi, this café in Plaza Najori is as good for working alone as it is for hanging out with a group of friends.

The brunch menu is available all day during their daily opening hours. You can choose from a variety of options like tortillas, pancakes, toast, eggs, bowls and of course Gallo Pinto! Their dishes are often created with a touch of originality and the portions are always prepared with beautiful cutlery.

2. Kawah Cafe

Conveniently located in Heredia’s new hotspot near the Oxigeno Mall in San Francisco, Kawah Cafe has recently had a facelift. Now this family cafe, with garden seating and semi-open seating, looks brighter and more spacious than ever.

On the breakfast menu they offer toast, pancakes, chilaquiles, eggs of all kinds, fruit bowl, Gallo Pinto as well as a Pinto Bowl, where all the typical delicious goodness come together. One interesting thing to note, Kawah uses pastured eggs for all of its dishes.

3. Estadero Bistro & Cafe

Located in Heredia Centro, at Estadero Bistro & Cafe, an unassuming entrance will lead you to a charming oasis inside. They remodeled an old house to create casual sitting areas, where you can read a book or play a board game while you wait for your food to arrive.

Their breakfast menu offers pancakes, French toast, various egg dishes and tipico desayuno with Gallo Pinto, including a vegan variant of the same. They start offering the breakfast menu at 7:30 am everyday and on weekends it is available until 2:00 pm.

4. Cafeteria Bajo Sombra

Tucked away in an alley in a residential area of ​​Belen is the Bajo Sombra cafeteria. Their spacious garden with carefully designed outdoor seating areas is a dream come true. Right in Heredia, green plants and colorful flowers will make you feel connected with nature.

On weekends, Bajo Sombra opens at 8:00 a.m. They have a pretty extensive breakfast menu, ranging from Gallo Pinto, toast, egg dishes to burritos and chalupas options. Definitely get yourself a cup of their specialty coffee which can be extracted using your method of choice.

5. Cafe El Retiro

Offering indoor seating, outdoor seating as well as a more private seat in a small booth, Cafe El Retiro is a lovely cafe located in the lovely neighborhood of Heredia, San Joaquin de Flores. Whether with ornamental pieces or witty quotes, their interior space reflects vintage decor.

El Retiro is open from 9:00 am. Besides the regular breakfast menu, they include special dishes for special occasions. Plus, their pancakes and Frappes are delicious!

6. El Cacaotal

As soon as you enter El Cacaotal, the sight of cocoa products infused with the aroma of cocoa will enthrall you. Just off the busy Ruta 111 in Belen, this new chocolate factory is placed as if by magic in a quiet setting, surrounded by greenery.

On the breakfast menu, you’ll find the regulars like Gallo Pinto, fruit bowl, French toast and various egg dishes. But, as the cafe’s name suggests, cocoa-based foods and beverages are their signature offerings. So buy one too!

Authors biography :Pubali Kanjilal is an Indian who has been living, working and traveling in Costa Rica for over 4 years. She enjoys exploring new destinations and embracing new cultures. In partnership with her husband, Pubali shares her best travel tips and recommendations on her travel blog Paradise Catcher. You can also find her on Instagram as @paradisecatchers

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Good Karma Cafe temporarily closes another location months after workers unionize

Three months after its employees voted to unionize, Good Karma Cafe temporarily closed a second location.

Company president Shawn Nesbit confirmed the location at 22nd and Pine Streets was closed Friday until further notice. The Good Karma at 23rd and Walnut closed earlier this spring due to staff shortages. Two other locations, at Ninth and Pine and the Wilma Theater on South Broad Street, remain open.

“We have made the very difficult decision to temporarily close our Fitler Square site. We are taking this time to complete certain building and equipment repairs that require immediate attention,” Nesbit said in a statement. “We look forward to providing an enhanced Good Karma experience that benefits our employees, our customers and our community. We also look forward to meeting with the union to establish an agreement that works for both parties.

Good Karma workers’ union, United Karma, said in a statement that Nesbit had been repeatedly informed of structural problems at the Pine Street store. “[Given] the two pressing concerns that led to this closure – a leak in the ceiling that caused it to sink and a lack of adequate air conditioning – are issues that Shawn has been repeatedly told about for months, for the former, or years, for the latter, it’s hard not to see this as a union affair.

According to the statement and previous interviews with Good Karma workers, timely repairs are a key part of the union’s agenda for contract negotiations.

» READ MORE: Unions are preparing in cafes and restaurants. Will they change Philadelphia’s food scene?

The union also said workers “are extremely disappointed and frustrated” that employees at the 22nd and Pine site are being laid off instead of being transferred to one of two operating sites – or the 23rd and Walnut site, which remains closed. The union also expressed frustration that workers would have to reapply for jobs when closed sites reopen.

“Since the closure of the first store, 23 and Walnut, we have heard that Shawn wants to staff it and get it back up and running as soon as possible,” the statement read. “Instead of giving [workers] these options, they were told that if they wanted to continue working at Good Karma, they had to reapply.

“It is not only about improving working conditions, but also about securing our livelihoods,” the statement concluded.

Good Karma Workers voted for unionization at the end of March, 20-3. United Karma is affiliated with Philadelphia-based Workers United, which has also helped organize Starbucks workers across the country. Employees at five Starbucks in Philadelphia have voted to unionize since May.

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Local life: Richland Library hosts free coffees during the summer holidays, celebrates Independence Day in the Midlands and much more!

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO) — The Richland Library is hosting free summer vacation coffees at three different locations for kids and teens. Children and teens under 18 can get a free meal from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through August 12. These three Columbia locations include the Edgewood Library on Oak Street, the North Main branch on North Main Street, and the St. Andrew’s location on Broad River Road. Meals are on site and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– Prime Time in the Parks is back for another summer in the capital. The free events for young people run until August 19.

A schedule of Columbia City events can be found below:

  • July 1
    • Community Event: Movie Night at the Park at Pinehurst Park, 2300 Pinehurst Road
  • July 8
    • Game Night Mania at Hyatt Park, 950 Jackson Avenue
  • July 15th
    • Community Event: Movie Night in the Park at Hyatt Park, 950 Jackson Avenue
  • 22nd of July
    • Teen Summer Party at Greenview Park, 6700 David Street
  • July 29
    • Community Event: Movie Night at the Park at Page Ellington Park, 2220 Gregg Street
  • 5 August
    • Teen Wildin’ Out Party at Pinehurst Park, 2300 Pinehurst Road
  • August 12
    • Badges and Parks Alliance Basketball Game, MLK Park, 2300 Greene Street
  • August 12
    • Community Event: Movie Night in the Park at Page Ellington Park, 2220 Gregg Street
  • August 19
    • Teen Summer Kickback at Hyatt Park, 950 Jackson Avenue

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO) — There will be a children’s 4th of July parade in Camden this weekend. Children are invited to show their patriotic spirit by decorating their bicycles, scooters and wagons, and wearing their red, white and blue for the sixth annual Children’s 4th of July Parade. It begins Saturday, July 2 in downtown Camden at 10 a.m., with activities outside Camden Town Hall. You can watch the parade by parking on Rutledge Street. The event is free.

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO) – The City of Lexington will also host its own Independence Day celebration this weekend. The 246th Army Band will play a concert, followed by a large-scale fireworks display. It begins this Friday at 7:30 p.m. The best viewing areas include the Icehouse Amphitheater, Main Street restaurants, Lexington Square Park and other downtown areas.

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Closure of the Phoenix cafe to make way for affordable housing

PHOENIX — A Phoenix cafe that has been serving visitors for more than eight years is closing its doors and making way for an affordable apartment complex.

The Acacia Heights complex, which will be located at Seventh Avenue and Camelback Road, will serve low-income families once it is developed, according to a press release.

The move comes after Refuge Café, a cafe overseen by Catholic Charities Community Services, announced it would serve its last cup of coffee on site on June 30.

The complex should consist of several buildings with various units ready to accommodate a variety of people.

The final two phases of Acacia Heights received funding in early June, with construction of the 66-unit Phase Two and 68-unit Phase Three expected to begin in the coming weeks, according to the release.

Development costs for phase two are approximately $24.3 million and will yield a mix of units of 21 one-bedroom apartments, 21 two-bedroom apartments, 21 three-bedroom apartments and three four-bedroom apartments. and two bathrooms.

The third phase will bring a single five-story building with a mix of 35 one-bedroom apartments, 18 two-bedroom apartments and 15 three-bedroom units, with units aimed at families with incomes between 40% and 60% median income.

Among a range of amenities for both phases are an outdoor courtyard, playground, sports field and community garden.

Rents will be based on household income and will range from $600 to $900 per month for one bedroom, $700 to $1,100 for a two bedroom unit and $800 to $1,200 for a three bedroom unit .

“The Refuge Café has had an excellent run over the past eight years, winning both accolades and awards, including Best Non-Profit Restaurant in 2016, as a wonderful gathering place for those committed to the helping others,” said Steve Capobres, vice president of business development for Catholic Charities Community Services. said in the press release.

“This same commitment to serving others will carry the coffeehouse legacy to the many families who will soon call Acacia Heights home.”

An affiliate of the cafe will remain open at Sky Harbor International Airport in Terminal 4.

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Fundraiser for Church and Subway Cafe to Save Space in Santa Monica

Church and non-profit cafe closed following bogus vermin complaint

By Dolores Quintana

Metropolis Santa Monica is a mixed-use facility located at 603 Arizona Ave downtown, which includes a cafe called Metro Café. It is a non-profit organization and church that seeks to serve the community, especially those at risk or who may be forgotten. Their programs and services are intended to help the most vulnerable, low-income seniors and families, as well as homeless people.

Metro Café was closed for 11 months during the pandemic, which severely hampered its ability to fund its organization. Metropolis owes deferred rent to its landlord since the time during the COVID closings When the Café, their main source of income, had been closed.

Last December, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) received a complaint that the cafe’s kitchen was infested with vermin shortly after Metropolis attempted to reopen the cafe. When public health showed up to investigate the establishment, they found that the allegation was completely false, however, the Department of Health found that the exemption of the Metropolis Café as a secondary use establishment should be upgraded to a full restaurant facility license. They have since been working with the city to be able to get the permit, but that involves new architectural plans and renovations that Metropolis has paid for.

Asked about the issues in Metropolis, a public health spokesperson posted this response via email: “A complaint regarding a cockroach infestation at the Metro Café located at 603 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica has been the subject of an investigation by our public health inspector on December 21, 2021. Although the visit did not validate the cockroach complaint, it did reveal that the restaurant was operating without a public health permit, which is required by law in the state. The restaurant was ordered to close and submit plans to public health. The business owner has received the necessary information to become compliant and to be able to apply for a public health permit. Also, our records indicate that this is a new kitchen and not a remodel.

When asked who was responsible for the bogus complaint, the spokesperson replied that the names of those filing complaints with Public Health are not public records.

On May 18, 2022, the Metropolis landlord gave them three days notice to pay or vacate the full rent of $44,000. Metropolis has set up a GoFundMe ( to help raise $50,000 to pay deferred rent. Currently, donations total $17,531.

We asked Pastor Steven Snook for an update on Metropolis’ situation regarding the three-day notice to pay or leave and he replied via email, “We were able to accommodate some of the landlord’s requests. We have come to an agreement and are catching up on the deferred rent that is due. We are always here. The cafe isn’t open yet, but the ball is now in our court as far as the city is concerned.

Pastor Steve added: “I want to reiterate that I don’t want to talk about the owner. We owed the back rent, we just weren’t able to pay it in full and he wasn’t able to extend it any longer to meet us where we were.

The owner did not respond to inquiries before press time.

Metropolis is an organization made up of three distinct parts: Metro Church, Metro Co-lab and Metro Café. During the pandemic, Metropolis has incredibly been able to continue feeding the needy from its soup kitchen and pantry, despite the many problems it has faced.

Metro Café is Metropolis’ model donation café which is their main source of funding for their charity work and organization in general. Although the store is run on a donation model, it has proven to be an important source of revenue for the organization. Without the revenue generated by Metro Café, Metropolis cannot continue to exist in its current form. During the pandemic, the organization served 35,000 people and provided 15,000 meals, 63,000 grocery bags and 35,000 hygiene kits. They have also organized many different events.

Founder and pastor Steve Snook was also a chaplain with the Santa Monica Police Department for 19 years and a chaplain at UCLA Hospital. Pastor Steve said the organization first gained access to the Sixth and Arizona property in 2015. He said the church’s mission has become to show the community how up-to-date Metropolis is. community and meet community needs.

According to Pastor Steve, about four and a half years ago, the organization realized that residents of the 13-story tower next to the Metropolis facility needed regular grocery deliveries in order to survive. It became clear to Metropolis during the pandemic that these grocery bags were essential for the seniors who lived in the tower and Metropolis continued to donate these essentials to seniors through its Our Neighbor’s Pantry program which distributes the races to tenants on Thursday.

In addition to our neighbor’s food pantry, the church has the Sunday lunch program where volunteers prepare meals and hygiene kits to distribute to those in need.

Volunteer Tiffany Lam said, via email, “Santa Monica has a large number of homeless people as well as many older people who have no other means of community, and Metropolis has provided them with more than food. and hygiene, but someone to talk to and a place to congregate without fear of judgment Our fear is that if we lose our physical location overnight, older people and people with disabilities homelessness that we nurture will have no one to turn to.

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Ministry of Defense approves placement of roadside amenities at 75 border crossings

The Border Roadways Organization (BRO) has received approval from the Department of Defense (MOD) to install roadside equipment at 75 locations in 12 states and union territories.

Slated to be dubbed “BRO Cafes,” the plan is to make basic amenities available to tourists on different sections of the roads, which in turn will boost economic activities in border areas while generating jobs for locals.

A ministry statement read: “Amenities such as parking for two and four wheelers, a food court or restaurants, separate toilets for men, women and people with reduced mobility, first aid facilities such as MI rooms, etc. are offered to be provided in these lanes. Amenities.”

“The BRO has its reach in the most remote border areas and in addition to meeting strategic needs, it has been instrumental in the socio-economic uplift of the northern and eastern borders. This has led to an increase in the influx tourists in these picturesque places, hitherto inaccessible”, added the Ministry of Defense.

“In order to ensure conducive and comfortable transit of tourists on these roads located in difficult climatic and geographical conditions, the need to establish multi-service road facilities as well as major tourist routes in these regions has been recognized. the inaccessibility and remoteness of these roads prevent large-scale commercial deployments, the BRO, by virtue of its presence, has taken it upon itself to open such facilities in remote locations,” the ministry statement said. .

Ministry approval for the establishment of BRO cafes has been given in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Nagaland, Punjab, from Rajasthan, Sikkim, Uttarakhand and West Bengal.

Locations of all 75 BRO cafes

In Arunachal Pradesh, cafes will be set up at Daporijo, Bame, Koloriang, Pasighat, Menchuka, Moying, Thumbin, Yinkiong, Tippi, Durga Mandir, Km 79, Tenga, Rama Camp, SelaTop, Tawang, Jengthu, Hayuliang, Wakro, Changwinti.

Assam will have cafes in two locations, namely Tezpur city and BP Tinali. In Himachal Pradesh it will be at Km 8.5, Km 0.5, Km 11.8, Sissu, Manali, Kharo, Sumdo.

Jammu and Kashmir will see cafes at TeePee, Tragbal, Hussaingaon, Km 95, Km 117.90, Km 58, Galhar, Siot, Bathuni, Budhal, Kapotha, Surankot.

In Ladakh it will be in Matiyan, Kargil, Mulbek, Khaltse, Leh, Hunder, Choglamsar, Rumtse, Debring, Pang, Sarchu, Agham, Nyoma, Hanle.

In Nagaland it will be in Jakhama and Punjab will have cafes in Fazilka. In Rajasthan, the cafes will be set up in Tanot Dett, Sahuwali Vill, Birdhwal and Arjansar.

In Sikkim, the cafe will be in Kupup Dett while West Bengal will see a cafe in Melli. And finally, Uttarakhand cafes will be at Darkot, Km61, Km57.44, Bhaironghati, Birahi, Gwaldham, Pandukeshwar, Manera Bypass, Nagni and Kamand.

(With ANI entries)

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‘Fun’ Beeston cafe to close and owners plan to step out in style

The owners of a cafe which is inspired by the Little Shop of Horrors have announced that they will not renew the lease but that they plan to party and let off steam. No closing date has been set for Feed Me! Fully loaded, but Joanna and Lee Benfield said it would probably be late fall.

The colorful cafe, in Lilac Crescent, Beeston Rylands, opened in February 2020 and serves vegan junk food like pancakes, loaded hot dogs and desserts with quirky theater and movie names. Posting the news of the closure on Facebook, the couple said it was “after much deliberation”.

They said: “We’ve had an amazing two and a half years and loved sharing our food, fun and creativity with all of you. We’re so proud of what our cafe has become, but with our lease approaching its end point. renewal, we needed to make a decision on our long term plans. While the business is doing well, we are not sure if this is the right thing for us in the long term and we would much rather celebrate what we have accomplished and conclude in style!

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“We want to say a big thank you to all of our customers who have made Feed Me! Fully Loaded what it is today. We also have to thank our INCREDIBLE team, Eleanor, Hester, Lucy, Martha and original gang member , Ali who gave life to our house.

You will still have a few months to enjoy our dishes, as we are aiming to close at the end of the fall (exact date to be confirmed). Over the next few weeks, we’ll be bringing you more closure details and keeping an eye out for all the fun stuff we have planned until the end.

“We don’t plan on taking it easy and hope you all continue to support us over the coming months. Come celebrate our creative little cafe while you can and if you haven’t been there already, you You better hurry!”

Joanna and husband Lee Benfield at Feed Me! Fully loaded at Beeston Rylands

Joanna, who trained in musical theater and previously worked as a performer at Alton Towers, was a school administrator when she started developing vegan recipes and tested them at Sneinton’s vegan market before opening the cafe – just weeks before the UK went into lockdown at the start of the Covid pandemic.

The cafe serves dishes inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dr. Seuss and Tots TV, including Augustus Gloop’s Stack of Chocolate Chip Pancakes, One Fish, Two Fish bagel topped with smoked salmon-style carrots and Tilly, Tom and Tiny fried tater tots loaded with vegan fillings.

A decadent dessert for four to share with mud pie, cookies and ice cream is called The Ralph, after Joanna’s 110-year-old grandfather Ralph Hoare, who was the third man the oldest in the country when he died in 2019. Whenever asked about the secret to a long life, the RAF veteran, who lived in Gloucestershire, would reply “golf, gardening and sugar”.

The couple said they don’t sell Feed Me! Fully loaded, but looking for a company or person to take over the property with the equipment included. They added that it has low rent and a large vegan following.

Customers are saddened by the closure. Customer Susan Hart said: “It’s such a shame. Your food is fabulous. Hope you sell it to someone who shares the same passion for vegan food.”

Another said: “This is terrible news! Yours is a place where you can count on great vegan food consistently, cheaply and with a great sense of fun. We will miss you very much.”

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8 tropical-themed bars and cafes in Vancouver to check out this summer

Summer is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with a delicious tropical drink (or two, or three)?? Whether you want the full tiki bar experience or just sip something delicious surrounded by lush greenery and tiki-esque decor, we’ve got you covered.

Here are 10 amazing tropical-themed bars and cafes to check out this summer.

Havana Vancouver

Inspired by the colors and culture of Havana, Cuba, this restaurant and bar offers equally vibrant food and drink. In addition, they have a nice patio ideal for a sunny day. Order ceviche or Spanish mussels for the table and treat yourself to a refreshing mezcal cocktail. You deserve it.

Where: 1212 Commercial Drive

The Shameful Tiki Room

Honestly this place takes the cake when it comes to showmanship. While the Shameful Tiki Room is a popular destination for after-dinner and pre-club drinks, you certainly wouldn’t know it if you were just dropping by. The windows are completely blacked out – but inside is a tropical paradise, complete with Polynesian dishes, waterfall sound effects, mind-blowing cocktails (with varying amounts of alcohol), burning fishbowls and even a small stage for authentic weekly hula performances.

Our suggestion? Reserve your place a few weeks in advance and share a mystery bowl or a volcano bowl with your friends. Or, if you prefer to fly solo, we recommend the rum-based Hurricane or Zombie – which is definitely our first and last drink of the night.

Where: 4362 Main Street

Juju’s drink shack

This is not your average tiki bar. Juju’s Drink Shack was once located in Published but has now taken over the space once occupied by The Whip on Main. The pop-up bar is open every Sunday from 5 p.m. to midnight and allows customers to customize their drinks with different amounts of alcohol. Previous Sundays drinks include Worker Bee, Practically Ground, Throwing Shadow and more.

More recently, it looks like the drinks shack has been rebranded as a snack bar, serving Tom Hanks-inspired drinks. We’re sure the spot has some exciting things in the works for this summer! Definitely worth keeping an eye out for.

Where: 209 6th Avenue East


Tocador is another vibrant Cuban kitchen in Mount Pleasant, offering a variety of seasonal dishes and daily happy hour specials, including two tacos for $8 and guava Spritzes for $9. The interior is bursting with bright colors, Cuban and beach-inspired decor, and cozy fairy lights. Plus, they have live music every Sunday at 6 p.m. which is definitely a great way to start the week.

Where: 2610 Main Street

Honolulu Coffee

While this list is more bar-focused, there are also some amazing cafes in Vancouver that fit the tropical-themed bill. Honolulu Coffee is just that, and more. Fresh and flavorful acai bowls that are as delicious as they are beautiful, sustainable, Kona coffee they roast themselves, and Hawaiian-inspired decor that makes you feel like you’re already on a beach.

We recommend heading in after a run or active day in the sun to top up on nutrients via a Sunshine or Energy bowl, topped with cocoa nibs, of course.

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wrecked bass

This spot in Kits is the epitome of a chilled-out neighborhood bar, with a tropical flair. Their happy hour margins are pretty unbeatable, as are their specialty tacos and boozy Sunday brunches. Come have a good time and a long moment.

Did someone say slushie Catalina Wine Mixer?! We’ll take three.

Where: 3293 4th Avenue West

Tangent Cafe

While this one isn’t exactly tropical in the literal sense, Tangent Cafe is a great, laid-back hangout serving up Malaysian dishes and signature cocktails that perfectly match the vibe. Mai tais, mojitos and a variety of mocktails await at this local watering hole.

Where: 2095 Commercial Drive

Beach Avenue Bar & Grill

Located on Vancouver’s waterfront, the Beach Ave Bar and Grill has a beautiful patio to offer patrons during the warmer months. Visitors can expect mouth-watering dishes like their Hickory BBQ Burger, Seafood Chowder, and Cajun Combo Rice Bowl. In terms of drinks, what does a refreshing Beach Blue Margarita sound like?? Oh, and $5 brew during their weekday happy hour, of course.

They also have great weekend brunch programming, so this place is definitely worth several visits this summer.

Where: 1012 Beach Avenue #1

And that’s the list, folks! We hope you enjoy your “vacation” and get away to one of these beautiful tropical themed spots in Vancouver. Hoping the weather gets the memo!

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Downtown Seguin animated by a new bookshop/café/wine bar

SEGUIN – It was late afternoon on a scorching Tuesday in downtown Seguin – normally a fairly quiet time of day along the main street of this town of about 30,000 people located about 30 miles east of San Antonio. But a steady stream of traffic could be found at a new business, a hip newcomer that shares duties as a bookstore and cafe offering a small menu of local, chef-led fare, craft beer and wine.

Pecantown Books and Brews opened on June 3 in an elegantly furnished Art Deco-era home in downtown Seguin, and the community immediately welcomed the new business with open arms — and wallets.

“We’re the only independent bookstore in Seguin, and I feel like we’re filling a void that’s been there for a very long time,” said owner Tess Coody-Anders. “And it’s not just my Seguin neighbors who have been incredibly supportive. The response from neighboring communities and visitors has been surprising. I cannot thank our region enough.

Pecantown’s kitchen is led by Executive Chef Sam Long, who has cooked at restaurants in the Seguin and New Braunfels areas over the past decade, including a stint at the acclaimed Kindling Texas Kitchen in Cibolo. He developed a tight menu — nine dishes in total — of sandwiches, salads and more for Pecantown and gave many of those dishes a cheffy twist.

The Cuban sandwich from Pecantown Books and Brews is made with ham, pulled pork, pickles and fermented mustard sauce.

Long’s version of a Cuban sandwich features smoked pulled pork instead of the classic garlic mojo pork, house-made pickles, and a tangy mustard sauce Long fermented for at least seven days. Roasted Beet Salad is made with caramelized red and golden beets, dressed in a vibrant grapefruit vinaigrette, goat cheese and toasted pecans. The popcorn is topped with rosemary olive oil, parsley and thyme. There’s even a sandwich dubbed The Elvis on the kids’ menu with, of course, peanut butter, bananas and a drizzle of local honey, though the bacon strips the king prefers in his version are absent.

For those looking for a more shareable snack plate to enjoy with a cold beer or glass of wine, Pecantown offers a charcuterie platter with charcuterie, cheese and pickles or a mezze platter with hummus, tzatziki, fresh vegetables and pickled, raisins and naan bread.

Currently, Coody-Anders said, Pecantown’s revenue is split roughly 50/50 between books and the company’s cafes. Long said he plans to expand the menu as Pecantown evolves, but for now he wants to focus on certain things as best he can.

“The goal right now was to write a menu that would build trust,” Long said. “I want it to be real chef’s cooking, but something you can get on a lunch break.”

Pecantown Books and Brews Children's and Young Adult Reading Room

Pecantown Books and Brews Children’s and Young Adult Reading Room

The store is quite nice. Daylight shines from every angle, illuminating small details like vintage typewriters, a display of fancy hand creams, and a pair of inviting bean bag chairs in a room devoted to children’s and young adult books. Part of the dining room is covered in Baroque squirrel-patterned wallpaper, a nod to the city’s famous roadside attraction said to be the ‘biggest pecan in the world’ located at the exterior of the town hall of Seguin.

Crystal Duhamel, left, has visited Pecantown Books and Brews three times since opening.

Crystal Duhamel, left, has visited Pecantown Books and Brews three times since opening.

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The book selection runs the gamut from the hottest new cookbooks, timeless fiction favorites, current events, a small section of used books and more. Spanish titles are also stored in all these sections.

“I wanted to start with what I liked,” Coody-Anders said of the store’s design. “What would have been my dream when I was young? Where would I have spent every day of summer? »

Coody-Anders said Pecantown has drawn customers from San Antonio, New Braunfels, San Marcos and Austin — many of whom visit Seguin to sample Burnt Bean Co.’s award-winning barbecue located across from its shop. But the core clientele, she said, has largely been Seguin residents who stop in for a book and a bite to eat.

“It’s everyone,” Coody-Anders said. “It’s grandma and grandpa who like to read and want to hold a book in their hands and enjoy a mimosa while they do it. Students and teachers were very present. We see a lot of repeat customers from our city, county and bank employees. »

Pecantown Books and Brews owner Tess Coody-Anders, right, chats with regular customer Crystal Duhamel.

Pecantown Books and Brews owner Tess Coody-Anders, right, chats with regular customer Crystal Duhamel.

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Crystal Duhamel is one of those enthusiastic locals who are helping Pecantown make a name for itself. As a pair of stylish young women took selfies looking over their books at a nearby table, Duhamel could barely contain her smile as she ordered – a panini caprese loaded with heirloom tomatoes, slices of mozzarella fresh and a drizzle of homemade pecan pesto – arrived at his table. Duhamel works just around the corner at the Seguin Public Library and has done the brisk five-minute walk to Pecantown three times since the business opened.

“Honestly, we have a lot of fast food restaurants here, and for a while I’ve wanted something with fresh food,” Duhamel said.

Nancy and Scott Hagerup enjoy beer and dessert at Pecantown Books and Brews.

Nancy and Scott Hagerup enjoy beer and dessert at Pecantown Books and Brews.

Nancy and Scott Hagerup, a retired couple who live nearby in Seguin, are also happy the store has opened. Both were for a second visit – a perfect excuse for both of them to sip chocolate stouts and munch on s’mores.

“We love it,” said Nancy Hagerup. “This is a fun and classy place in Seguin. There aren’t many places to have fun like this here.

Scott Hagerup agreed, adding, “Having this here is awesome. I like to go out for a beer and relax once in a while.

Coody-Anders had a long career in healthcare marketing before starting Pecantown Books and Brews, but the dream of starting a business that would serve as a beacon for book and food lovers in downtown Seguin had been simmering for decades. years. She hopes the store will serve as a gathering place for a wide range of people and provide them with plenty of opportunities to interact and collaborate.

We want to celebrate ideas,” Coody-Anders said. “We wanted to create a space where people could have what I call ‘productive collisions,’ and that could be with a good book, with each other, or with a new beer.”

Coody-Anders also sees the new venture as a proof-of-concept model for other entrepreneurs considering starting their own businesses in downtown Seguin. Ultimately, she hopes businesses like hers, Burnt Bean Co. and others will help bolster downtown Seguin’s reputation as a place to visit.

“It’s always been on my to-do list…for my community, not for me,” she said. “The world is a complicated place, and it’s hard to make an impact everywhere, but you can sweep your own porch.”

Pecantown Books and Brews, 212 S. Camp St. in Seguin, 830-491-9155,, Facebook: @Pecantownbooks. Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

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Gäbi Cafe opens a location in Henderson

When the popular Gäbi Coffee & Bakery opened on Spring Mountain Road in 2018, it did so with so little fanfare that it didn’t even put a sign on the door.

The cafe is still identifiable only by an eerily massive wooden door in the front – a door that immediately gives way to an airy space filled with 1920s Korean furniture, a glass atrium and lots of charm .

Gorae Management, the company that owns and operates Gabi, has now opened a new location in Henderson that specializes in pastries and donuts.

Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pastry
Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pastry

Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pastry is the first of at least three new locations for the Gabi brand.

“At first the thing with Gäbi was that nobody knew it, but when you walked in it was a completely different world from the outside,” says Greg Kim, the executive chef of Gäbi Boutique. “And it’s the same here.”

Along with the vibrant murals and patterned wallpaper, the new location replicates the risers found at Café Gäbi (5808 Spring Mountain Rd #104) that encourage customers to take off their shoes and sit cross-legged on floor cushions and coffee tables.

Risers at Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pâtisserie

Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pastry
Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pastry

Kim explains that a black-and-white photo of a man dressed in traditional Korean clothing at the original cafe became Gäbi’s mascot.

“No one knows, but this gentleman is actually a white man,” Kim explains. “And so, it’s the whole east-west vibe. He’s our western gentleman who went east and embraced the culture. So we have this huge mural of him as soon as you walk into the shop.

Colorful Paintings of the Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pastry Mascot

Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pastry
Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pastry

At 1,200 square feet, the store is about half the size of the original location. But Kim says the focus is on handmade donuts.

Donuts at Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pâtisserie

Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pastry
Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pastry

“We imagined this very soft yeast dough and had the idea of ​​filling it with real cream,” says Kim.

The yeast donut menu includes a filling of Bavarian lemon cream and topped with toasted Swiss meringue. A version of Mexican hot chocolate is a croissant-style donut filled with hot chocolate cream spiced with cayenne pepper and cinnamon. The sweet purple ube donuts come in paper cups and the flower-shaped mochi donuts come in six different flavors.

Donuts at Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pâtisserie

Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pastry
Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pastry

The cafe menu offers traditional espresso drinks and more adventurous frozen drinks like peach yogurt and butterfly banana milk tea.

Kim expects a new Gäbi to open at Inspirada within a year, followed by boutiques on Spring Mountain Road and near UNLV. He adds that “something is in the works” for Summerlin.

Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pastry Mochi Donuts

Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pastry
Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pastry

Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pastry (136 N Stephanie St Suite 130) is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. There is a sign on the door.

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The Blue Bear Cafe prepares for success

Passing Mount Airy Secondary School along North South Street, one notices the walls, sidewalks and signage of a typical educational institution – but one probably doesn’t realize that a thriving business lies also within its limits.

On a recent morning at the Blue Bear Cafe as the school year drew to a close, senior Ocean Davis was putting the finishing touches on a fruit smoothie after serving cookies and brownies to a grateful recipient. Chances are another customer will soon order a cup of freshly brewed latte from the student-run business.

The coffee at the Blue Bear Cafe is reputed to be so good that teacher Ashley Pyles did not hesitate to compare what the children prepare to that offered by an international chain of cafes:

“They make the best coffee, hands down, on Starbucks every day,” Pyles said proudly.

In addition to a variety of coffees – including Frappé, Latte and Americano – there are several flavors of fruit smoothies, various sweet treats including bundt cakes, snacks, hot chocolate, cider and more Again.

The Blue Bear Cafe menu additionally includes specialty drinks featuring what has apparently become a local sensation, bubble teas.

Yet perhaps the best product served up there is success – cooked up daily by apron-wearing student entrepreneurs who gain valuable business experience during the school year that can help them in a career.

“It’s never about coffee,” said Polly Long, Workforce Initiatives Coordinator, when discussing the mission involved, or for that matter caffeine, the boosting ingredient in this drink. popular.

“It’s all about skills,” added Long, a longtime employee of the school system who is credited with making the on-campus enterprise a reality.

“A student-run cafe has been Polly Long’s dream for years,” reads a statement prepared in conjunction with the Blue Bear Cafe program receiving special recognition from the municipal government at a recent council meeting. This statement also refers to the role that “extraordinarily talented students” played in its success.

The cafe, which started in 2019, aims to provide targeted youth with basic life skills training and create a pathway to employment in the service sector.

For example, junior Jennifer Griffin has her sights set on becoming a pastry chef.

The Blue Bear Cafe operates through the school’s Professional Studies Program Unit and is overseen by teachers Jennifer Gentry and Ashley Pyles in addition to Long.

“Jennifer is kind of our pastry chef,” Gentry said of Griffin’s inescapable role in the operation.

Approximately 10 students are enrolled in the program in any given academic year. They also attend regular classes in addition to working a set number of hours for coffee, constituting class periods. It is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during school terms.

Innovative students

The Blue Bear Cafe occupies a strategic space in the high school’s media center, which provides an inviting setting to enjoy a drink or snack that arguably rivals that of any cafe on the planet. The surroundings are pleasantly lit by large bay windows overlooking North South Street.

The place was fitted out with the help of Goodwill Industries, Long said, which helped provide start-up funds to acquire new furniture and fixtures.

It is tastefully decorated with walls painted in a light brown and olive green color scheme, printed with phrases such as “serve kindness a cup of time” and inspirational words such as “imagine”, “create”, ” inspire” and others.

The students respond by constantly adding new drinks and have even developed a website to promote the company. A Blue Bear Cafe Facebook page is available to facilitate ordering.

The facility’s spic-and-span kitchen is located in a side room, near a counter where students consult library materials as part of a seamless dual existence between the two facilities. A gift shop specializing in student-made products is also located at the cafe, offering items such as mugs and t-shirts and handcrafted items from local entrepreneurs.

In addition to the culinary skills honed by young people, other abilities are learned that they can apply to many other career endeavors besides a cafe itself.

These include leadership, communication, organizational skills and teamwork, as well as the actual duties of dealing with the public to take orders, give change from a cash register and process orders by credit card.

“They see it in real time,” Long said of the impression left on those in the outside world who can see education applied to real business. The students involved are a mix of upper and lower classes who provide a seamless transition with knowledge transfer as they come and go.

“They basically learn how to run a business on their own,” Pyles observed.

While the café is closed for the summer, before resuming operations with the start of the new school year, it has been popular with members of the public who can call in and take orders on campus.

In other cases, large orders will even be delivered to customers.

“We’re in the dark,” Long said of the cost of this service given soaring gas prices. “What we are trying to do is break even, with all profits going directly to the company.

“We use some of that money to take them (students) on field trips,” Gentry advised.

Long hopes to expand the Blue Bear Cafe to a downtown location if one can be found under the right circumstances.

City Honors

The whiff of Blue Bear Cafe’s success wafted from City Hall a few miles away, as evidenced by the special recognition it received at a recent meeting of the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners.

Pyles attended this session with two students, Griffin and fellow junior Shatavia Robison, who were there for a presentation on the program highlighted by the girls handing out chocolate chip cookies to those in attendance.

The cookies were contained in colorful wrappers with labels touting sentiments such as “be kind” and “choose happiness”.

“This program is all about our kids first,” Pyles said of the effort that “just blew my mind.”

“The Blue Bear Cafe is one of the shining lights of the Mount Airy school system,” remarked Commissioner Jon Cawley, while thanking Polly Long for her involvement.

“I know you will go far in life,” Commissioner Marie Wood told the students.

“Great job, ladies,” said Joe Zalescik of the board.

“That’s what a community like Mount Airy is and can be,” Mayor Ron Niland said of the cafe’s success.

Tom Joyce can be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.

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Dock Cafe in Stillwater reopens under new management – ​​Twin Cities

It didn’t take long for word to spread through Stillwater this week.

After being closed for more than two years, the popular Dock Cafe in downtown Stillwater reopened on Thursday under new management and with a new menu.

“It’s the perfect Dock day,” said John Koch, who took over operations of the restaurant now called The Dock. The restaurant, which overlooks the St. Croix River, opened only with a limited menu at 11 a.m. Thursday.

The restaurant’s menu features steak, pork chops, chicken, salmon, burgers and “pastas and great desserts,” Koch said. “Everything is homemade from scratch.”

Koch, who also owns Gio’s and the Portside in downtown Stillwater, said he was working hard to keep menu prices down “so people don’t go broke going out for lunch and dinner,” he said. he declares. “We want them to go out and have fun.”

Some former Dock Café employees have been rehired to work at the new restaurant, Koch said. As for the rest of the 65 employees, he says he had no trouble hiring people “because of the location and the beauty of the building. This is the nicest restaurant on the river in Stillwater.

The hours this weekend are: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

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Banff Cafe shortlisted for Coffee Customer of the Year

A CAFE in Banff has been nominated for an award at the Scottish Cafe Awards.

From left to right ; Mattie Verster, Marion Martin, Rose Martin, Cameron McDonald and Andy Martin…Delight Cafe Gallery have been nominated for Cafe Customer of the Year at the Scottish Cafe Awards 2022…Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

Delight Cafe Gallery was nominated in the Customer Cafe of the Year category after regulars voted for the local favorite.

The cafe’s nomination came as a shock to owners Andy and Marion Martin who were unaware their customers had voted for them.

“It totally came out of nowhere,” Andy said.

“We didn’t even know the awards were happening. I heard we were in the final and our customers voted for us, which was new to me. I don’t know how I missed that.

“It’s an honor though and we’re grateful to be nominated.”

Andy and Marion opened the cafe in 2018.

Previously, Andy worked as a forester and photographer after moving to the area 33 years ago from Edinburgh.

The cafe has quickly become known in the area for its cheese and paprika scones and monthly coffee specialties which are particularly popular with locals.

“We have the cafe, a gallery and a gift shop and I think that’s a combination that has worked for us,” Andy said.

“We have one of the highest ratings in the region on Tripadvisor and I think that shows that people appreciate what we do.”

The cafe was nominated alongside eight other locations in the northern awards category.

To win, David and Marion will need to submit evidence showing why they deserve the award by June 15. This may include customer reviews.

The evidence will then be considered by a jury before the winners are announced at a ceremony at the Marriott Hotel in Glasgow on June 27.

“We’ve only been open for three years, so we’re not really used to these things yet,” Andy said.

“It’s a black tie dinner, so it will be a first for me as well.

“One of the things you can do is offer reviews, so we hope to have some more good ones under our belt before then.

“It’s hard work running a cafe, but you do it for times like this.”

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Whistle Stop Cafe has been carrying on traditions for 22 years

PLANT CITY, Fla. — Homemade bread, delicious sandwiches, hugs and new friends are exactly what you’ll find when you walk into the Whistle Stop Cafe in downtown Plant City.

The popular dining spot has been around for 22 years.

Marti and Jerry Lofstrom embarked on this journey after spending some time in Brandon.

“We took a ride around this little town and he literally fell in love with this place. He was like, Oh, my God, this is such an old town. And it’s like Andy Griffith, where people are so nice and friendly,” Marti reflects.

The Whistle Stop Cafe is in an old pharmacy downtown, in fact the upstairs used to be a hospital.

“I’m not kidding, you have to come to this city, you have to understand people’s humility, and I’m talking about everyone in general.” Martin. “And they responded to us and in so many, many different ways. My husband was literally part of this town, he loves to pray and he was involved in a lot of different things. He wrote for the newspaper, he was involved in the town when he There were meetings. I mean, there were a lot of things that Jerry was in love with. And that’s why we settled, at least here, and I was there for 22 years.

Jerry passed away in December 2021. The community has been through the side of Lofstom through Jerry’s passing and the passing of their daughter before that. In fact, their daughter is painted on a mural just outside their business.

“We always knew Plant City was a caring little town until a situation like this happened to us. And the just town – I get goosebumps. The town just joined us, and they were 100% there because of the humility of the people at the churches,” Marti explained. “We took a trip to Minnesota, and when we came back, there were cards and flowers all over the building because the people were so supportive of our situation. And my husband always said I knew people cared. But I mean, now, now, we, we understand that they are really, really, really caring. I mean, we knew they loved us. But now it’s even more for us to understand that we belong to one city.

The Whistle Stop Cafe is also a true family business. Marti and her son are the two you’ll often see at the front of the business and her sister at the back. Here too you will always find homemade bread.

“I’m just saying we’re here hoping and praying to God to stay. And I want to thank everyone in Plant City,” Marti said. “I want to thank them for everything they have done for us, for our family for being there when we need them and for embracing us when we need them most.”

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All the new cafes and restaurants in Singapore to score in June 2022

It can be difficult to keep up with Singapore’s ever-changing food scene, but you don’t have to do the research yourself – we’ve done all the hard work for you.

This month, you’ll be delighted to know that new omakase joints are available to satisfy your cravings. Sushi Yujo, for example, offers dishes from affordable S$98, led by chef Desmond Fong. If the name sounds familiar, here’s a friendly suggestion: he was previously the chef at Les Amis’ Sushi Jin. If you want something a little different, chef Joe Leong’s duo concept dinner, Sonder Dining, seats 10 people each night, armed with a two-price menu (S$138++ and S$198++) from which you can choose.

Other experiences you won’t regret trying include Café Natsu, opened by Michelin-starred chef Lewis Barker, and gourmet restaurant Poise, whose kitchen is run by former Chef Saint Pierre Steve Lancaster.

All the new Singapore cafes and restaurants to score in June 2022:

(Hero and featured image credit: Sushi Yujo)

After a global search for a new culinary star, Intercontinental Singapore has announced the opening of Luce by Davide Giacomelli, run by Executive Chef Davide Giacomelli and Restaurant Manager Artem Viglione. The Italian dishes here are lighter than you’d expect: instead of a creamy risotto, the Lobster Acquerello offers a clean, oceanic version of the dish with carnaroli rice cooked in lobster broth and served with a half -Boston lobster and chervil. Other menu highlights include Luce-misu, a twist on the traditional dessert consisting of mascarpone cream espuma, espresso syrup, cookie sponge, and feuilletine.


80 Middle Rd, Intercontinental Singapore, Singapore 188966

Sushi Yujo

Singaporean diners love omakase experiences, and we’ve seen new restaurants pop up almost every month. This month is no exception. Sushi Yujo ends up at the Amara Hotel, where local chef Desmond Fong takes center stage. Prices here start at S$98 for lunch, going up to S$348 for chef’s signatures. Highlights include the Awabi abalone with house foie gras sauce and an ultra decadent Foie Gras Aburi which sees foie gras, scallops, uni and caviar on a nugget of rice.


165 Tg Pagar Road, Amara Hotel #02-26, 088539

The Coconut Club

The Coconut Club’s new flagship store on Beach Road is one to get excited about: in addition to its classic Nasi Lemak that keeps diners coming back again and again, the restaurant will also host its first formal drinks program, supported by tropical drinks. inspired cocktails to boot. PS, you can find new regional dishes here too to complement the restaurant’s signature coconut rice.

Learn more here.


269 ​​Beach Road, Singapore 199546

Cafe Natsu

Chef Lewis Barker of Sommer is no stranger to Singapore foodies. After earning a Michelin star for the restaurant less than a year after opening the restaurant, the young chef has embarked on a new challenge in addition to leading the cuisine of the modern European venue. Check out Café Natsu, a cozy spot in Joo Chiat that serves Western cafe fare, but with Japanese sensibilities. Eggs Benedict, for example, will have your poached eggs topped with a miso Hollandaise sauce, served with Sancho pepper-glazed ham and wasabi spinach.


283 Joo Chiat Road, 427537


Malcolm Lee of Candlenut has opened another restaurant in the countryside. Pangium, located in the Orangery at the Gallop Extension of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, focuses on contemporary Straits cuisine. Keep an eye here for more updates on fine dining venues.


11 Gallop Road Gallop Entrance, Singapore Botanic Gardens, 259015

restaurant balance

Chef Steve Lancaster, formerly of Saint Pierre with two Michelin stars, has gone on his own. The sleek space at Poise Restaurant will feature a menu of “modern European cuisine with a slight Nordic twist,” and reservations are open now.

(Image credit: @_stevelancaster via Instagram)


6 Teck Lim Rd, Singapore 088384


Sonder customers will enter the joint during the day and return at night for a whole new concept. The duo-concept Euro-Asian venue will showcase a mix of freshly baked breads and pastries from 2-5pm, before transforming into a 10-seat omakase dinner in the evening. Chef Joe Leong, formerly of V Dining, runs the kitchen here.


217 Henderson Road, #01-03 Singapore 159555

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M&S is launching a fabulous new breakfast offer at its cafes – plus returning kids eat free

M&S has launched a breakfast and hot drinks offer for £4

The new deal combines a roll of oak-smoked British bacon and a hot drink for just £4. That’s a saving of at least £2, this offer is available in M&S cafes until 10am each day.

The usual price for the bacon roll is £3.95 and is freshly made and cooked to order in store.

It consists of six slices of bacon sandwiched in ciabatta bread.

To drink – baristas are on hand to whip up your favorite hot drink.

Using in-house Fairtrade coffee, the selection of coffee drinks offer a fruity, rich and flavorful taste. The store also offers several dairy alternatives to milk; all are completely free to substitute and include the “milk” of the moment, oats.

M&S has brought back the famous Kids Eat Free promotion to its cafes for the summer season.

Available in stores from Monday 30 May until Friday 3 June, it is offering a free children’s promotion at all its UK cafes.

Just spend £5 in a single transaction and receive a free kids meal worth £3.95. sandwich, toast with ham and cheese and pizza.

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London’s East End ‘Free Meals for the Homeless’ cafe in jeopardy as donations dry up | Cost of living crisis

The founder of a London social enterprise that gives free meals to refugees and homeless people said it was at risk of closing as the cost of living crisis led to a slump in sales and donations.

Ruth Rogers, the founder of The Canvas in London’s East End, said there had been a dramatic collapse in trade at her cafe in recent weeks, with takings so low that one day she thought her boxes were broken.

“Last Thursday at 3pm I had to ask my manager if the checkout system had broken down as sales were £57,” Rogers said. “We had been open since 10 a.m. Before the pandemic it would have been £300-400 at that time of day. »

While coffee sales were weak after the lockdown, they had started to grow again by early 2022, said Rogers of the community center near Brick Lane in Tower Hamlets, which has the highest child poverty rate of any borough from London.

“Once we got past Omicron, sales were up month-over-month an average of 17.5%,” Rogers said. “But April was down 5% from March and May looks like 15% down from April. It sounds like a direct impact of the cost of living issues that people are facing.

“We have a fantastic menu, our space is welcoming, our team works hard, but if people don’t come through the door because they feel they can’t afford it…how can a small business survive, let alone one like The Canvas?I know other places like us are already closing.

‘We have four weeks to fix it’: The Canvas has launched a final crowdfunding campaign with a target of £100,000. Photography: Jo Thorne

The café business was once thriving with additional revenue generated by renting out its event space. Customers would “pay it forward” by adding the cost of a drink, snack or hot meal to their order “for someone who might not be able to afford theirs”, allowing the cafe to distribute free food and drink.

In January, however, the cafe donated £1,700 worth of food and Rogers realized that, for the first time since opening in 2014, the term payout pot was drying up and running out within weeks, the forcing him to limit the amount of food he distributed.

“It’s never been a problem before,” she said. “Now we are seeing 30% more need, but we are experiencing 60% less trade and because of that our donations are down. If people don’t walk through the door, they don’t donate at the checkout.

The situation matches the experience of food banks, which report growing demand but declining donations as the rising cost of living bites. This combination creates a “perfect storm” for charities and social enterprises, according to a recent study by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).

Nearly three in five charity leaders feared people would have less money to give, while a third worried about the future of their organization, according to a poll of 547 leaders in April. Its consumer survey found that 14% of people planned to cut back on their charitable giving over the next six months to help manage their bills.

High street campaigner Mary Portas, co-chair of the Better Business Act campaign, said it would be “awful” if The Canvas closed. She added: “It’s a shining example of the best ways businesses need to operate to deliver a more sustainable future.”

The Canvas has launched an ultimate crowdfunding campaign called Save Our Seats (SOS) with a target of £100,000. “We have four weeks to fix it,” Rogers said. “We have to save time because I don’t know how long it will last like this. I need to find a new business model for this business environment. »

The crisis has led to offers of help from its famous supporters, including artists Gilbert & George who live nearby. In 2019 they donated designs to create art plates to sell and fundraise and agreed to sign a limited number which are offered as “rewards” for large donations. In a statement, they said: “Gilbert & George are happy to create their magic plates to help The Canvas in their campaign to help feed the homeless.”

Jason Williamson, the lead singer of English electronic punk duo Sleaford Mods, said the cafe helps people “directly with food and drink, but also with friendship and respect. A place like this cannot close when things are about to get worse for everyone.

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From Leh to Kalimpong: the mountain cafes that the stars are crazy about this summer

Imagine filming in the desert of Rajasthan or a village in Haryana in scorching 40 degree temperatures and revisit your longing for the life of an actor. However, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Tiger Shroff, Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Suhana Khan were lucky. Not only did they swap the scorching heat of the plains for the cool hill stations, but they also found the mountain cafes perfect for relaxing. From Leh to Ooty, Kalimpong to Srinagar, here are the mountain cafes stars love.

From tiramisu to thukpa: here’s what the stars feast on in these hillside cafes

Alchi Kitchen, Leh

This Ladakhi restaurant run by Nilza Wangmo, winner of the Nari Shakti Puraskar, showcases the region’s traditional cuisine and ingredients. In the six years since it opened, Alchi Kitchen, an all-female business, has gained enough of a reputation to entice people to travel 66 km from Leh to eat here. Maybe that’s why Tiger Shroff, Kriti Sanon, Jackky Bhagnani, Rakul Preet and the rest of the crew of Ganapath landed here recently after finishing a day of filming. After a leisurely meal of Tibetan delicacies, the whole team also spent time with the staff and posed for photos. Bollywood endorsement aside, the restaurant deserves its spotlight for preserving and promoting authentic Ladakhi cuisine in a venue dominated by cookie-cutter momo-Maggi joints.

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Neena’s Kitchen, Kalimpong

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Bars and Cafes Market Size and Forecast

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Dunkin’ Brands, McDonald’s, Restaurant Brands International, Starbucks, Whitbread, Barista Coffee, Buffalo Wild Wings, Caribou Coffee, Coffee Beanery, Coffee Day Enterprises, Doutor Coffee Shop, Ediya Coffee, Gloria Jean’s Coffees, International Coffee & Tea, Krispy Kreme Donuts , Stonegate Pub Company, Cafe Tully

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• Bars and pubs
• Coffees
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➛ North America (United States, Canada and Mexico)
➛ Europe (Germany, France, United Kingdom, Russia and Italy)
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Daily Dose Cafe opens at Capital Mall

Coffee lovers in Jefferson City have a cozy new place to check out at the Daily Dose Cafe.

Daily Dose Cafe, a new store owned by Joe and Karina Amsden, opened Thursday at the Capital Mall at the Jefferson City Wellness Center. The shop sells coffee from Serendipity Coffee in Eldon and offers a healthy menu with salads, sandwiches and wraps, as well as muffins and other baked goodies.

Joe, who has worked as a bartender for several companies in the city and recently worked in construction, said the opportunity came at the perfect time earlier this year. Having dreamed of opening their own business anyway and with a young son, Liam, to support, the couple chose to jump at the chance when the owner of the center mentioned that she was looking for a cafe to add to the mixed.

“It was one of those things that just happened,” Joe Amsden said. “It always seemed like a retirement plan, something we could buy into later, but it was a lifelong passion and a smart decision.

Karina Amsden, a graphic designer, is friends with the owner and said the new venture was a perfect opportunity to join a supportive network of local businesses while bringing something new to the mall.

“We thought this might be a really cool opportunity: everything was in place here, and we’re both coffee fanatics,” she said. “And everyone here is local. The others here have found that area of ​​support and are very strong supporters of local businesses, so we thought we’d have something here.”

She designed the new company’s logo, combining the shape of a coffee cup with the health focus of the rest of the center.

With a friend helping to illustrate the large menu that adorns a chalkboard by the counter and support from other local businesses and owners of Serendipity, the couple said everyone had something to bring to the table.

“We want to run a family business, support other local businesses and great coffee,” they said.

Daily Dose Cafe is located in the Jefferson City Wellness Center in the Capital Mall at 3600 Country Club Drive. It is open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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Beeston’s new Compa Sicilian cafe is run with “passion and love”

A new cafe brings something different to Beeston with a menu of Sicilian street food and pastries served with “passion and love”. Compa will open its doors on Saturday May 21 after transforming the former Renaissance fashion agency.

The tight-knit group of family and friends behind the cafe say it’s the real deal – from their accents to the authentic Sicilian delights on the menu such as cornetto, arancina, cannolo and cassatina. Beeston has its fair share of Italian restaurants — lively Amores, the intimate L’Oliva and the new 150-seat Ottimo — but there’s nothing else quite like it.

Compa – pronounced with an emphasis on the “pa” – is the brainchild of best friends Angela Aiello and Manola Perez, who have known each other for 25 years. The duo first met while working at high-end Italian department store Rinascente in their hometown Palmero.

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Angela, who says Manola is like a sister, said: “Compa, you can translate it in English as mate or bro but for us it’s a bit different. For us it’s ‘I’ll take care of you “. We call each other compa.”

Signing a lease wasn’t enough to show their commitment to the company — the duo had matching tattoos inked on their forearms. Angela said: “We’re excited, nervous and crazy but very happy. We got tattoos because we believe in what we’re doing.

LR: Massimo Bellavista, Rebecca Romano, Manola Perez, Angela Aiello and Andrea Ledda at Compa

“We would like to bring a bit of Sicily here in the heart of Beeston, our home away from home. If people want to taste the authentic flavors of Sicily, come here.”

Sicily, the island at the southern tip of Italy’s foot, has its own regional specialties. Angela’s son, Andrea Ledda, 23, explained that Sicily does not have the same wealth as the north of the country. Generations of cooks have therefore learned to prepare simple and inexpensive ingredients, such as arancina dumplings filled with rice, served at the café with ham and bechal, stew, mushrooms and spinach.

Andrea said: “In northern Italy they tend to use expensive ingredients. In southern Italy, especially in Sicily, because we have been poor for generations, our grandmothers used to cook very cheap dishes, but the amazing thing is that even though it was cheap food, it is so good because the way we prepare it makes it enjoyable.

Caponata, a Sicilian vegetarian dish, at Compa
Caponata, a Sicilian vegetarian dish, at Compa

“It’s not as expensive as in northern Italy, where you’ll find more steaks and more meat. I think that’s why Sicilian food is better – making steak taste great is easy. Making rice good is not so easy, which is why there is a very big difference between Sicilian cuisine and the rest of Italy.

“Everything on the menu is mostly Sicilian street food, so all the arancina, rotisserie, paninis – it’s something you can’t find anywhere else. If you go to an Italian restaurant, you won’t find any none and if you do it will be adapted British recipes.”

The reasonably priced menu, with most items costing between £3.50 and £6, also includes slices of pizzetta, with tomato sauce, mozzarella and oregano, cooked and fried calzone and rollo, stuffed with pork or chicken. The paninis are topped with mortadella sausage, stracciatella cheese and flaked pistachios or porchetta, wild arugula and grana.

Lasagna can be bought per portion at £5 or a box of six portions at £25. The same goes for the Sicilian-style cooked pasta, which consists of rigatoni, beef stew, bechal, eggplant, ham and mozzarella.

Needless to say, the cannolo, brimming at both ends with creamy ricotta and chocolate drippings, is part of the pastry section. Other sweet treats include the green cassatina, a sponge cake made from homemade marzipan, topped with a cherry.

In addition to Italian coffee, tea and hot chocolate, the range of cold drinks includes Tomarchio Bio imported from Sicily, in flavors such as lemon and chinotto. It looks like cola but doesn’t taste like it, instead having a bittersweet orange taste.

Open Monday through Saturday in time for breakfast, guests can start the day with cornetto — not the ice cream — but the croissant-like pastry. Plain, apricot, chocolate and hazelnut and almond flavors are available. Customers can also buy take-out Italian products such as crisps, fruit drinks, cookies and pesto.

Large windows, overlooking Wollaton Road, allow light to flood the 20-seat cafe, with its simple black-topped tables, colorful artwork by Manola and a Palmero football shirt on the wall. A traditional Sicilian cart, or carretto, was made by Angela’s husband, Massimo Bellavisita, and decorated by Manola, who also created the cafe’s logo of the mustachioed, winking man carrying a traditional Sicilian coppola .

Angela moved to Beeston five years ago with Massimo and their three children and has dreamed of opening a café ever since. But she said a new country, new people and a new language first held her back, so in the meantime she helped run her husband’s electricity business.

She said: “I had basic English when I moved five years ago and went to MagiKats school in Beeston to learn English, but then Covid came along so I had to stop my classes and everything I’ve learned since then I’ve learned about TV shows and movies with English subtitles to link the words.”

Manola, who followed her friend to the UK three years ago with her two daughters, runs the kitchen. Eldest daughter Rebecca, 18, also works at Compa.

Customers can eat in, take out or have it delivered via Deliveroo, starting Monday. There is also a click and collect option on the Compa website. Compa will open at 11 a.m. on its first day, and regular hours will be 9:10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Astoria back: One of Wellington’s oldest cafes reopens after 18 months of closure

A refurbished Astoria cafe has reopened after closing in December 2020.

Ross Giblin

A refurbished Astoria cafe has reopened after closing in December 2020.

A well-known cafe that shocked Wellington foodies when it suddenly closed 18 months ago has reopened with a new look and menu.

Astoria in Midland Park, originally opened in 1996, was one of the capital’s oldest cafés and a must-see place to see and be seen. Its proximity to the Parliament, the courthouses and its capacity of nearly 150 places have made it a regular place for all kinds of networking and small talk.

In 2013, a young Labor backbench MP, Jacinda Ardern, was pictured there sympathizing with Grant Robertson after his failed Labor leadership. Former Prime Minister Don Brash was a regular at this favorite table around 2011.

James Pask, chief executive of the Yu Group, says the pandemic has delayed completion of the development.

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James Pask, chief executive of the Yu Group, says the pandemic has delayed completion of the development. “We had a few hiccups along the way.”

Now the cafe is open again after a complete reconstruction of the place’s interior and kitchen.

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Oscar Schicker 6, Marc Schicker and Vinetya Harza enjoy first day back at Astoria Cafe.

Ross Giblin

Oscar Schicker 6, Marc Schicker and Vinetya Harza enjoy first day back at Astoria Cafe.

James Pask, chief executive of Yu Group Owners, said he was “very, very happy” to be open again after the pandemic delayed the opening date.

“We had a few hiccups along the way.”

The room’s decor was brought back to concrete with dim lighting, a range of seating and a 13-metre bar, crowned by a custom-made suspended wooden beam, as the focal point of the room.

Don Brash at his favorite table in Astoria in 2011.

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Don Brash at his favorite table in Astoria in 2011.

The menu has also been revitalized with an emphasis on New York charcuterie and Italian cuisine “with our own twist”.

A take-out window will allow coffee and food to flow to customers seated in the park and the cafe’s opening hours have also been extended into the evening. Pask said the intention was to accommodate a quick coffee stop alongside a longer dining experience.


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“The venue has the ability to allow people to settle in for a night out or stop in on their way to town,” he said.

When it reopened on Wednesday, Marc Schicker and his family had just returned to Wellington from Singapore. Schicker had a background in design and had taken his own photos of the new layout.

“Astoria has been around forever, so it was nice to come back. It looks fantastic,” Schicker said.

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Sadness as cafe owners who ‘light up’ Nottinghamshire village announce closure

A cafe described as a real ‘asset’ for a Nottinghamshire village will close for good next month. Owners Vaughan and Vicky Prendergast said it had been 10 years of laughter and laughter serving customers behind the counter at Chef’s Cafe in East Leake.

“It is with great sadness that we have to inform everyone that the Chef’s Café will close its doors for the last time on Tuesday June 28th. Thank you all, for your support over the past ten years, we really appreciate it” , this is how they announced the news on Facebook.

The traditional village cafe on Gotham Road is loved by locals for its full English known as ‘The Works’, hash browns, homemade lasagna and free refills of tea. Customers, saddened by the news, said they would be sorry to see the couple go.

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Vaughan, who opened the cafe after leaving the Royal Navy, told Nottinghamshire Live he will turn 61 this year and with the lease up for renewal he did not want to sign up for another 10 years. “It’s a real shame – it’s been a giggle but I can’t do this until I’m 71. I don’t think it’ll be vacant for too long. There’s a pretty loyal following.

“Ten years ago a lot of kids were coming and now they’re coming with their kids. It’s been 10 years. It was a bit hit and miss. [after leaving the Navy] but it was nice. You have to make a bad cup of coffee before someone wants to shoot you,” the former frontman said.

The couple has no specific plans for the future. However, Vaughan said, “We thought we would have part-time jobs to keep us going.”

By June 28, business is business as usual, so customers can come in for a cup of tea and a chat, with many saying they will miss the banter. One said: “It’s such a shame. The owners were always friendly and constantly offered free tea refills.

“We used to go there a lot. It’s a great place for full English and no fuss breakfasts. It was always busy. Lots of builders use it, families and old people from the village also.”

Chef’s Cafe in East Leake

One customer, commenting on the announcement of the closure on Facebook, said: “We will miss you guys, such a lovely cafe and lovely owners! Such an asset to the village, we will miss you.”

Others said it was terrible news. “You both light up the village and we will miss you very much,” said one fan. The cafe has been popular with vegetarians. “So sorry to read this, I loved taking my boys over the summer break for some good food at reasonable prices, and as a vegetarian you were one of my top choices to visit as you had always so much to offer,” said another villager.

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10 Facts About Van Gogh’s Masterpiece “Café Terrace at Night”

Vincent van Gogh, “Café Terrace at Night”, 1888 (Photo: Paul Hermans via Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

In 1888, Vincent van Gogh traded the electric nightlife of Paris for the tranquility of the French countryside. There, in Arles, the Dutch artist flourished creatively, even as his mental health declined. He created 200 paintings and over 100 drawings inspired by the idyllic landscape, local people and charming towns. Among the many iconic works that emerged this year in Arles was the masterpiece, Cafe terrace at night.

Completed in September 1888, this blue and yellow canvas depicts a snapshot of a street in Arles, located near the Forum Square and the Palace Street. At an unknown late hour, people are crammed onto the outside terrace of a local cafe as people pass by in the street. Nestled between the two rows of buildings is a glimpse of a vibrant starry sky, reminiscent of Van Gogh’s other paintings, Starry night over the Rhône and The starry Night. Like the rest of the Post-Impressionist’s work, the Cafe terrace at night was underestimated during Van Gogh’s lifetime. Today, however, it is recognized as one of the artist’s most important works.

Scroll down to discover 10 interesting facts about Cafe terrace at night.

Learn 10 facts about Van Gogh’s painting Cafe terrace at night.

Self-portrait of Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh, “Self-Portrait”, 1889 (Photo: Szilas via Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

It is based on a real place.

Unlike his friend and artistic rival Gauguin, Van Gogh preferred to paint from real life and Cafe terrace at night was no exception. He set up his easel at the corner of the Forum Square and captured the sight of a bustling local cafe lit by artificial light. While he retained most of the main features of the area, he omitted some of the architecture and embellished the ambience with his own stylistic choices.

“I really enjoy painting on location at night. In the past, they drew and painted the picture from the drawing during the day. But I think it suits me to paint the thing right away,” he wrote in a letter to his sister.

Drawing of a café terrace at night by Van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh, Drawing for “Café Terrace at Night”, 1888 (Photo: Dallas Museum of Art via Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

He first made a drawing of the painting.

Van Gogh was no stranger to hard work and often created many preparatory drawings – practicing composition and figures – before picking up his brush. He also made a sketch of the Cafe terrace at night in ink, rendering the narrow view of the street almost the same as it is depicted in color. The only significant difference between the two pieces seems to be the sky, which in the sketch is filled with dozens of hatch marks instead of stars.

Van Gogh's Starry Night

Vincent van Gogh, “The Starry Night”, 1889 (Photo: MoMA via Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

It features the first depiction of Van Gogh’s iconic starry sky.

The starry Night is undoubtedly one of Van Gogh’s most iconic works of art. However, the splendid canvas was not the first interpretation of expressive skies – he first used the star motif in Cafe terrace at night. In the small gap between the architecture, viewers can see a luscious blue sky dotted with shimmering yellow dots.

Painting by Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh, Detail of “Café Terrace at Night”, 1888 (Photo: Paul Hermans via Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

The stars in the table are in the right place.

According to Van Gogh’s catalog of letters, Cafe terrace at night was known to have been completed in September 1888. However, scholars have reduced the dates he worked on the piece to the 17th and 18th of the month. With this information, they were able to compare the arrangement of the stars in Van Gogh’s painting to what they would have actually looked like at that time. In the end, they realized that the artist had placed the stars exactly where they would have been on those dates.

He did not use the color black anywhere in the painting.

Although a work with “the night” in the title evokes the idea of ​​a darkly rendered scene, Van Gogh managed to create the painting without using the color black. Instead, it relies on a range of different blues and yellows to convey the scene.

“It is a painting of night without black, with nothing but beautiful blue and purple and green and in this environment the illuminated area takes on a color of pale sulfur yellow and lime green,” he said. he explained in a letter.

Detail of the café terrace at night by Van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh, Detail of “Café Terrace at Night”, 1888 (Photo: Paul Hermans via Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

Some believe the painting is associated with the Last Supper.

In 2013 scholars proposed that Van Gogh’s painting may include references to the Last Supper. Among the most notable evidence is the inclusion of 12 figures on the café terrace – the same number of people described in the Bible – and the “holy” yellow light surrounding them (similar to a halo).

Coffee terrace at night could represent a scene from a novel.

In a letter to his sister Wilhelmina, Van Gogh says:

“You never told me if you had read Guy de Maupassant Nice friend, and what you now think of his talent in general. I say this because the beginning of Nice friend it is precisely the description of a starry night in Paris, with the lighted cafes of the boulevard, and it is somewhat the same subject that I have just painted.

Because of this description, art historians believe Cafe terrace at night depicts a scene from Maupassant’s novel, which depicts a group of people drinking at night, illuminated by the lights of a building.

Comparison of paintings by Van Gogh and Louis Anquetin

Left: Vincent van Gogh, “Cafe Terrace at Night,” 1888 (Photo: Paul Hermans via Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)
Right: Louis Anquetin, “Avenue de Clichy: 5 p.m.,” 1887 (Photo: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art via Wikimedia Commons, public domain)

It could also have been inspired by a friend’s painting.

However, the novel Nice friend may not have been Van Gogh’s only influence. Although he mentions a starry night in his letter to Wilhelmina, there was no such descriptor in Maupassant’s novel.

Instead, historians believe the composition of the painting – with the narrow perspective and rich blue color palette – may have been based on the work of fellow Post-Impressionist Louis Anquetin. Famous for his cloisonnist style, Anquetin created Avenue de Clichy: 5 p.m. a year before Van Gogh’s work, and there is a striking resemblance between the two plays.

He has been known by three different titles.

Before it became known as Cafe terrace at nightthe painting was exhibited under the title Coffee, evening in 1891, and alternatively known as The Café Terrace on the Place du Forum.

Cafe Van Gogh in Arles

Photo of Café Van Gogh in Arles, 2016 (Photo: John via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0

The cafe depicted in the painting still exists.

While many sites of famous paintings can no longer be found, Van Gogh’s Painting Cafe not only still exists, but is still in operation. Renamed Café Van Gogh in honor of the artist, this destination restaurant was restored in the 1990s to resemble its appearance in the famous painting.

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Lutunji’s Palate Bakery & Cafe debuts in Elliot Park this weekend

Lutunji Abram built his bakery on a uniquely beautiful dessert: Southern-style peach cobbler. For the past four years, she’s sold it at farmers’ markets, restaurants and grocery stores around the Twin Cities – but on Saturday May 14, Lutunji’s Palate Bakery & Cafe is finally opening in a space of its own. Located on the sunny first floor of the Gatsby Apartments near downtown Minneapolis, the bakery is an exciting addition to both the Elliot Park neighborhood and the local bakery scene, where Southern-style desserts are a relative find. rare.

“It’s a luscious Southern style, because of its juiciness – it’s meant to be moist and juicy in texture with the peaches,” says Abram of the Cobbler’s defining characteristics. “And it’s meant to be sweet, to be honest. I’ve had people say ‘Oh, you use canned peaches?’ Well, let me give you the story. You are talking to a researcher now.

Abram deliberately uses canned peaches for their juiciness — the practice dates back to the 1950s, she says, when the Georgia Peach Council founded National Peach Cobblers Day to boost sales of canned peaches. His preference is canned kosher peaches, which blend sumptuously into the cobbler: there’s no syrupy taste, no metallic spiciness. Peaches hold their shape, but pull apart easily under a fork.

In addition to menu collaborations with Sammy’s Avenue Eatery and the Handsome Hog, Lutunji’s Palate Bakery will serve Peace Coffee.
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Then there is the crust. Abram makes two varieties: a “butter-butter” version and a vegan version made with coconut oil. The way she tells it, Abram’s vegan crust recipe was born when she was stuck in a demoralizing job search years ago, baking crust after crust in her kitchen to cope. “One day, I literally heard my highest power say, ‘Searching for Vegan Crusts,'” Abram explains. “I say my highest power because vegan was nowhere in my vocabulary. …I grew up in a house where your crust was Crisco and lard mixed together, or you weren’t a baker.

Vegan Cobbler is a close approximation to buttery butter: it has the same caliber of sweetness, the same fragrant blend of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. The crust retains its texture – crispy around the edges, doughy and dense in the medium cuts – and the coconut oil taste is slightly high compared to the cobbler’s flavor profile, giving the lemon an extra kick.

“My nephews love the peach vegan cobbler,” says Abram. “It blesses my soul, because we grew up on butter butter, with a lard crust. My grandma, I’m sure she’s looking down from the sky saying, “You ran away with this one.” She makes a big bet on vegan baked goods, noting the growing demand for alternatives that retain the characteristics of classic milk-and-buttery desserts. Besides buttery peach and buttery pecan — which are really accessories to his vegan cobblers – Abram’s entire menu is vegan.

She is also deeply interested in adding nutrients to her desserts. At the new bakery, look for red velvet cupcakes made with organic beets and oranges, gluten-free coconut cake bites, and vegan sweet potato pie. Its Peanut Butter Fig Cookies are baked with Irish Sea Moss, a mineral-rich seaweed. “If I have to make an apple pie, I put turmeric in it, because turmeric is anti-inflammatory,” she says.

Since starting her business Lutunji’s Palate in 2018, Abram has been cooking in the kitchen of the historic Calvary Church in south Minneapolis – Pastor Jeff Cowmeadow offered her the space, which initially encouraged her to transform her peach cobbler hobby into a business. Sharing the kitchen with four other businesses, Abrams has managed to sell his desserts in grocery stores across cities – his new kitchen gives him the ability to increase sales even further (Goldbelly is a future goal).

Abram raised $70,000 in community donations to open the new bakery and cafe. She has also found immense support from local chefs and restaurateurs – from Tomme Beevas and Brian and Sarah Ingram, who have had her desserts on their restaurant menus – to Sammy McDowell and Justin Sutherland, who have contributed dishes to the menu. . Look for turkey and seitan pastrami sandwiches at Sammy’s Avenue Eatery, and chili cheese and crackers at Sutherland’s Handsome Hog.

Abram envisions Lutunji’s Palate Bakery & Cafe to be a community gathering space for the Elliot Park neighborhood, where apartments are plentiful but cafes and restaurants are relatively scarce. And, true to her background (Abram has a master’s degree in organizational leadership), she will retain the social enterprise element of her business: Lutunji’s Palate Bakery partners with local organizations that help businesses employ young people, adults and formerly incarcerated men.

Then there is the crucial question: Does Abram herself prefer buttered peach cobbler or vegan? Diplomatically, she likes both – but on the rare occasions when she eats dessert, she opts for vegan. Her secret, she says, pairing it with cashew milk ice cream.

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three generations of women owners

ONTONAGON, Mich. (WLUC) — Pastries and donuts are two popular items at Syl’s Café, a family business in Ontonagon.

It has been passed down through three generations of women and was first opened in 1972. Current owner Kathy Wardynski says she follows the original recipes from her grandmother, who opened the cafe.

“It’s really neat to be able to check out a cookbook there and follow recipes that are still written in my grandmother’s handwriting,” Wardynski said.

Wardynski says everything from homemade bread to basic soup recipes was passed down to her, though she had to make some adjustments.

“My grandmother had recipes, but she didn’t really follow them. So the first thing I had to do when I took over the restaurant was write down the recipes with what she put in there. We had a recipe for Molasses Cookies where she said it was four cups of flour, but in fact it was four full cups.

The recipes are extremely popular among Ontonagon residents, who appreciate the restaurant’s authenticity.

“It’s been an institution in this community for so many years and for generations. Every generation is just wonderful,” said client Lois Gregory.

This June 1 will mark the 50th anniversary of coffee. Wardynski also says it was an honor for her to continue what her grandmother started.

“She only went to school until eighth grade and was able to start a business like this which was able to run for almost 50 years. It is a source of pride for me to be able to follow in his footsteps.

Wardynski is opening another business called the Squeeze on Main, it will be a juice and smoothie bar. She plans to follow her family’s tradition and pass it on to her daughters.

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The Cat Cafe will open soon in Newmarket, New Hampshire

New Hampshire’s first cat café will soon open in Newmarket. The non-profit organization Cat Tales Rescue will be on hand to snuggle up with customers. “These kittens will be available for adoption and you can spend time with them in the lounge area with pastries or hot drinks you get from the cafe side,” said Tipsy Tabby owner Kaitlyn Ferretts. Customers will not be able to bring their own cats to the cafe. The cafe is expected to open from mid-June to the end of June.

New Hampshire’s first cat café will soon open in Newmarket.

The Tipsy Tabby, located on Main Street, is still under construction.

Once construction is complete, the building will have two distinct areas: a lounge area and a café.

Kittens from the nonprofit Seabrook Cat Tales Rescue will be on hand to snuggle up to customers.

“These kittens will be available for adoption and you can hang out with them in the living room with pastries or hot drinks you get from the cafe side,” said Tipsy Tabby owner Kaitlyn Ferretts.

Customers will not be able to bring their own cats to the cafe.

The cafe is expected to open mid to late June.

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Cloud City Coffee brings together community and coffee in Maple Leaf

I was chatting with Jill Killen, founder of Cloud City Coffee, on a cool spring morning when a customer stopped by and said, “I love this place, it’s part of my life now.”

Killen said this customer has been a regular for years, as have many other customers. Cloud City Coffee offers great coffee and delicious food, but community is the foundation of this Maple Leaf landmark.

Killen says, “Connections are what it’s all about.”

From day one of operation, this independent cafe has focused on building and supporting the community. With a nook full of children’s toys and books, drip coffee for diners on a budget, and a welcoming presence for all the neighbors (“We didn’t want anyone not to feel welcome in our cafe,” notes Killen), Cloud City Coffee is living its mission of being a community-centric company.

The community, coupled with freshly roasted coffee and food, makes Cloud City Coffee a hot spot in the Maple Leaf neighborhood.

Killen points out, “We make almost everything in-house from scratch, source great ingredients, and roast great coffee.”

She started roasting coffee in 2018 and this year she won a “Good Food Award” for an Ethiopian roaster.

Besides coffee, their most popular product is their coconut bread. And in response to customer requests, their menu has plenty of vegan offerings. The next step ? Cloud City Coffee will be adding ice cream to its menu for the summer months this year.

As Cloud City continues to roast coffee and cook delicious food, they simultaneously continue to focus on the community.

Killen says, “Cloud City almost always answers the call for anything the community needs, whether it’s using our front space for tables, donations to schools and churches, and a venue. of meeting for all the groups which must meet.”

The café has a telephone box transformed into a small free pantry connected to the building. Employees keep the pantry stocked with basic hygiene items — socks, feminine products, gloves — for any neighbor to take. And the bathroom is always open to any member of the community.

And the focus on community at Cloud City extends to employees. Killen ensures that all employees are paid a living wage (at a minimum). She participates in a program called Living Wage for Us, which certifies that employers keep their promise to pay living wages. When you enjoy your expertly prepared espresso drink, you know your dollars are supporting decent wages for your neighbors.

So head over to Cloud City, grab a coffee and a pastry or a sandwich, and enjoy outdoor seating (soon to be a permanent structure with warmth) or walk for mountain views at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park. You will not be disappointed.

Cloud City Coffee is located at 8801 Roosevelt Way NE in Seattle.

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Multiple health code violations found at Red Ginger, Soseki Cafe in Iowa City

The Johnson County Public Health Department discovered more than 100 health code violations at restaurants in April. The violations were mostly concentrated in employees’ improper hand washing and food debris left on the blades.

Lillie Hawker

Red Ginger is seen in Iowa City on Saturday, April 30, 2022.

Johnson County Public Health found 134 health code violations in April at 39 establishments, revealing multiple issues with proper hand washing and debris on food slides at various restaurants.

Red Ginger on South Gilbert Street committed 12 violations during its April 1 inspection. Those responsible could not ensure that employees were effectively cleaning their hands or sanitizing equipment. Employees were also not trained in food safety protocols.

The report does not specify whether any changes have been made to improve these conditions.

Inspectors also found a food worker washing his hands with single-use gloves and continuing to work with the pair of gloves. A manager told the employee to throw away the gloves and they washed their hands properly.

Some prepared items did not have expiration dates displayed. Two disinfectant solutions were made too strong and the person in charge diluted them until they were at the correct concentration to use.

Iowa City’s Soseki Cafe committed 14 violations during its routine inspection on April 26. Employees have been observed washing their hands improperly without soap and failing to wash their hands after removing single-use gloves used to handle raw fish products.

The Soseki Cafe is seen in Iowa City on Saturday, April 30, 2022. (Lillie Hawker)

Some employees also used single-use gloves with raw and cooked buns. A manager has been notified. It is not clear from the report whether any behaviors have been changed.

Raw fish was stored above ready-to-eat items in the establishment’s sushi coolers, but an employee rearranged the shelves after an inspector commented on the locations.

Dried food debris was also found on the meat grinder blades and plate. A manager said the machines had not been used recently.

The Bluebird Diner in Iowa City received seven violations on April 20. An employee did not wash his hands after washing dirty dishes. Another didn’t throw away his gloves after handling raw eggs.

A meat slicer in the restaurant’s basement also had dried debris on the blades. The bacon was also kept at the wrong temperature near a grill. The inspector mentioned better storage methods to a manager.

Mosley’s on South Gilbert also committed seven offences. The restaurant had several sauces overdue in a cold room, but an employee intentionally threw the items away. An ice machine lip had excessive buildup as did a meat slicer on the premises.

There was also no certified food protection officer employed by the site.

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Outside of Iowa City, North Liberty’s Rancho Nuevo had 11 violations during its April 19 inspection. The restaurant had inadequate written procedures for dealing with bodily fluid spills. A manager said the procedures were verbal according to the report.

Raw bacon was stored in a cold room above ready-to-eat carnitas, shredded chicken, queso and chicken broth, but an employee moved the bacon to ensure no cross-contamination occurred. Dates were also missing from the establishment’s homemade foods.

The North Liberty Reds Alehouse committed seven violations during their April 13 inspection. The establishment had non-continuous cooking procedures for its chicken wings, with no procedures written or submitted to the county for approval.

Homemade sauces were held past their seven-day limit and a manager purposely threw the items away. Some steak and egg dishes did not indicate that they could be served undercooked.

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10 of the best cafes, tea rooms and artisan cafes in the Highlands

10 of the best cafes, tea rooms and artisan cafes in the Highlands

IF the past two years have made us realize anything, it’s the value of seemingly smaller moments and for many of us, just being outside and walking into a cafe has to be up there.

The beauty of Scotland, however, means that while sipping your coffee, you can often turn your gaze and peek out the window to find a big, beautiful view that will make your simple moment unforgettable.

And surely nowhere is this opportunity easier to seize than amidst the majesty of the Highlands and Islands.

If you’re already in the area or considering a visit, here’s a selection of some of our favorite cafes that also offer spectacular scenery on the menu to boot.

Knoydart Pottery and Tea Room, Inverie

Access to Knoydart, a Lochaber peninsula on the west coast of the Highlands, can only be achieved by an arduous two-day hike up the hills or a short ferry ride from the fishing port of Mallaig. The rugged, isolated landscape is one of the area’s main attractions and at Knoydart Pottery and Tearoom in Inverie – mainland Britain’s largest off-road settlement – the food is a draw, ranging from dumplings from Knoydart’s venison meat to clotted cream scones, as is pottery and other arts and crafts to peruse. But wow, the views offered are just amazing. Grab your coffee, sit on the deck and come rain, hail or shine, the view of Loch Nevis will hit the mark. A cafe a world away from everywhere.

The Birch, Portree

In the center of Portree, Birch is a specialty cafe that is surrounded by the rugged beauty of the Isle of Skye, but draws inspiration from further afield. Created by Niall Munro – son of former Runrig frontman Donnie Munro – Birch was inspired by trips to coffee mecca, Melbourne, and aims to replicate Melbourne’s hip café style, while using beautiful local produce Highlands and Islands. The coffee roastery opened in 2021 and offers a range of coffees to enjoy at home. A stunning mural overlooked by the cafe, depicting one of Skye’s most recognizable landmarks – The Storr – was actually painted by Donnie, who was an art teacher before rising to world fame with the Scottish band.

Puffin Cafe, Kilchoan

The scattered village of Kilchoan, near the tip of the Ardnamurchan peninsula, is home to the family-run Puffin Coffee, located in the community center of Kilchoan and serving bespoke, fair-trade coffee. This is a great place for tea or coffee or lunch, either to catch the ferry to Tobermory or take a boat trip to see the puffins on the Treshnish Islands. Regular local produce fairs are held in the Community Center on Wednesdays during the summer months, where you can meet the locals and catch up on life at the westernmost point of mainland UK. Inspired by their love of puffins, many branded items are on sale as souvenirs, including puffin mugs and coffee to take home.

Glenfinnan Dining Car, Glenfinnan

Thousands of tourists flock to Glenfinnan for its famous viaduct – memorably flown over by Harry Potter in a Ford Anglia in the blockbuster films of JK Rowling’s novels – and for a glimpse of the equally famous steam train as it passes above the arches, but the dining car is a draw in itself. Located on the museum siding at Glenfinnan Station in the clachan of Lochaber, the original cafe serves up sustainable local cuisine from a restored 1950s railway carriage, the likes of Harry and his peers from Hogwarts walk to school on the big screen. As an added attraction, it has an attached ice cream parlor made from a snow plow adapted for the steam train.

Skoon Gallery and Studio, Harris

A 20 minute drive from Tarbert – Harris’ main community in the Western Isles – takes you to Skoon, a traditional island croft building in Harris Bays on the east coast of the island. The views are incredible and if you can take your eyes off the mesmerizing expanse of white sand and turquoise water that Harris has to offer, the cafe features original oil paintings by resident artist Andrew John Craig, while all cakes, breads and cookies, puddings and soups are made daily on site. Treats include baked chocolate cappuccino cheesecake and oatmeal ginger marmalade cake. You can also pick up Scottish music CDs, vinyl and even sheet music at the café.

The Bealach Cafe and Gallery, Tornapress

The Bealach Cafe and Gallery is nestled in the North West Highlands at the foot of breathtaking Bealach Na Ba, the winding single-track road that takes you through the mountains of the Applecross Peninsula to Wester Ross – the steepest road in Britain. As well as a gallery displaying a wide range of original work by artists and craftspeople from across Scotland, such as art, jewellery, weaving, ceramics and textiles, the cafe offers soups and homemade cakes, coffees and loose tea, plus an outdoor terrace. offering stunning views over the Kishorn Estuary. It’s a great place to stop and breathe before making the 2000+ foot climb of Bealach Na Ba.

Ceilidh Square, Ullapool

This hotel, dormitory, restaurant, bookstore and music venue is also a café/bar, in Ullapool, in the spectacular surroundings of Wester Ross. With views of the mountains, the cafe is described as “the warm heart of The Ceilidh Place”, offering sensory overload as you walk through the door, from the smell of freshly brewed coffee to the warm glow of the wood-burning stove. As well as a well-stocked bookshop offering an “eclectic collection with a Scottish literary bias”, the venue has always been a base of support for writers, musicians and artists, with the walls a gallery space for Scottish makers and the venue regularly hosting a variety of concerts. If a latte and a good book, surrounded by artwork in a glorious Highland setting, is your thing, then you know where to go.

The Wildcat, Fort William

Home to Britain’s tallest mountain, if you’re heading to Fort William – the outdoor capital of the UK – to climb the Ben, you surely deserve a piece of cake and a specialty coffee for your efforts. And if you’re just there to enjoy the stunning scenery, all the more reason to seek out this warm and welcoming vegan cafe operating on the bustling fort’s main street since 2018; an ideal place to take a break while exploring the city and the beauty of its surroundings. Serving artisan roast coffees, loose leaf teas and locally made organic foods that are 100% vegan and locally sourced, there is also a whole foods store focused on zero waste to landfill, offering a growing range of products entitled “West Highland Weigh”, in honor of the fact that the famous footpath ends in the town.

Old Post Office Cafe Gallery, Kincraig

The pretty little village of Kincraig sits on the west bank of the River Spey at the northern end of Loch Insh, and so this little artisan cafe really is in the heart of the Cairngorms. The family business aims to ‘showcase the best of our neighborhood of Kincraig and bonnie Badenoch beyond’ and offer a warm welcome to Scots. Blending family passions for food and art, the cafe aims to source locally, seasonally and responsibly, with a menu featuring Mediterranean dishes. food that has a Highland touch. The cafe also focuses on the talents of local artists and makers with artwork by resident artist Ann Vastano on display. It’s all just along the road from the Highlands Wildlife Park, so you might see a Snow Leopard or Scottish Wildcat, then enjoy a slice of Strawberry Rhubarb Cream Cake or a Scone, or maybe a plate of Sicilian cannoli in a truly crazy adventure.

Slaughterhouse Cafe, Cromarty

This independent specialty cafe and cafe is in a truly beautiful location on the Cromarty shore in the Black Isle, right next to the ferry slip. Originally a sit-down cafe, it now takes the form of a hole-in-the-wall service with the cafe outside, offering the chance to spot Moray Firth’s resident bottlenose dolphins writhing and turning while you relax and watch the Cromarty-Nigg Ferry Terminal and beyond. Stocking and serving their own famous Vandyke Brothers specialty coffee, the cakes come from Black Isle Baking. The venue prides itself on its ‘community spirit’, with Laura Thompson, who took over the business during the pandemic, saying: ‘Friends, family and strangers are what add to the slaughterhouse experience’ .

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Just around the corner: Creative Cakes Café

WORCESTER, Mass. – Worcester is known for its many restaurants, bakeries and cafes, so for Creative Cakes Café, finding its own identity after opening in 2020 was important to co-owners, Colleen and Daniel Nadeau.

“Right now, our identity is at the end of its rope and we are trying to let people know that we are doing more than that,” said Daniel Nadeau. “Because of our name and the people, we assume that we are baked goods and that we are more than many.”

What do you want to know

  • Opened at Worcester Public Market in 2020
  • Offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert options
  • Works with other vendors inside Worcester Public Market and makes lots of items that pair well with beer at Wachusett Brewery
  • They do wholesale for other cafes and businesses in the area

“In addition to the coffee and deals we have here, we also do wholesale to other cafes and businesses in the area, so we’ve found a really good network there, and then we love our regulars too and really get to know the neighborhood and find out what people want,” said Colleen Nadeau.

The Creative Cakes Café offers options for breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts. Colleen said if a customer made a suggestion, he would work with them to incorporate it into their menu. They are located inside the Worcester Public Market and work with other vendors like Wachusett Brewery.

“We’ve also tried to do a lot of things that go well with the brewery’s beer. We have good friends in Wachusett,” Colleen said. “So people can call us from the brewery, from their stool, and we’ll send them a bill that they can pay online, and then we’ll deliver directly to them.”

The Nadeaus say it’s been tough opening a small business during the pandemic, but they’re happy to come out on the other side.

Colleen said, “We’ve really tried to meet a lot of needs in the market and in the neighborhood and we’re having fun doing it.

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Cafe DeWitt prepares to open under new ownership | Ithaca

ITHACA, NY — Since 1973, Café Dewitt has been intermittently providing an award-winning brunch to the Ithaca community. The space has served as a gathering place for almost 50 years, so it came as a surprise when the doors closed in December 2021.

This closure was always meant to be temporary, as the restaurant needed new management. On March 25, Ben Roach and Denise O’Leary assumed the roles of new owners of Café Dewitt.

Roach and O’Leary have extensive restaurant experience, working primarily behind the scenes in the kitchens. They are both passionate about their work as chefs and excited to take on challenges as business owners.

“Ben and I are new to this and the transition has definitely been a learning curve,” O’Leary said. “However, we’re finally at the stage where we’ve done most of the critical material and we can focus on the food. You can’t stop thinking about things to do and recipes to try, which is fantastic. He There are always endless possibilities in the kitchen, but even more so when you have creative control.”

Maintaining the legacy of Café Dewitt is a priority for Roach and O’Leary. They both know the Ithaca area, but Roach has visited the cafe since he was young and has fond memories of how it was always run.

“When I learned that the coffee was for sale, I knew I had to intervene. I couldn’t let it go,” Roach said. “Denise and I have done a lot of research and we intend to embrace history through wall decor and by selling merchandise featuring the original cafe logo. We know Café Dewitt means a lot to the coffee community. ‘Ithaca, and we want to honor what they’ve always loved about it.

Roach and O’Leary always intend to bring their own flair and personal values.

“We want the cafe to have an internet presence, and I’ll be doing a lot of marketing work as well,” O’Leary said. “By spreading our names, we can expand the consumer base and adapt our menu to cover a wider range of flavors. I’m personally excited to try vegan and other allergen-free recipes as we get down to business.

Café Dewitt’s new and improved menu will include past favorite sandwiches as well as the taste preferences of its new owners. Another thing Roach and O’Leary bring to the cafe is their focus on food sustainability, making well-researched decisions when it comes to choosing suppliers.

“Buying local is one way to combat the food sustainability challenges that most restaurants face,” Roach said. “Believe it or not, getting produce from local farms is comparable in price to big business, and it’s just one way to support the community that gives Café Dewitt nothing but love.” This is positive feedback. Food will always taste better if you know where it comes from, especially if it’s local.

Roach and O’Leary shared that they will be hosting a pre-opening of Café Dewitt in early May. They can’t set a date for the grand opening, but they’re determined to be fully operational by late spring.

“A lot of work has gone into this announcement,” Roach said. “We’ve been researching, making phone calls, completing paperwork and planning the menu for over four months, but we’re finally confident in our ability to open and we can’t wait.”

You can find Café Dewitt on Facebook and Instagram. Roach and O’Leary also have a mailing list on their website if you have direct questions.

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51 restaurants, pubs, cafes and businesses in Dacorum that received a 5-star hygiene rating in 2022

These restaurants, pubs, cafes, takeaways and pubs in Dacorum have all received a five-star hygiene rating so far this year.

Each company receives its hygiene score when it is inspected by a food safety officer from the company’s local authority.

Inspection criteria include:

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Food ratings for 5 star restaurants in Dacorum.

– How food is handled hygienically – how it is prepared, cooked, reheated, cooled and stored

– Structural condition of buildings – cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities

– How the company manages and records what it does to ensure food is safe.

Here is a list of restaurants, cafes, takeaways and pubs that have received a five-star rating this year.

Box Lane, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: March 31

Last inspection: March 31

Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: March 31

London Road, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: March 29

The Kitchen at Inspired at The Eagle

Hempstead Road, Kings Langley

Last inspection: March 29

Hilliers Garden Center – Willow Café

Leighton Buzzard Road, Water End, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: March 28

Dower House Cafe at Dower House

Last inspection: March 25

Cedar Village store and cafe

Church Road, Potten End, Berkhamsted

Last inspection: March 24

Northbridge Road, Berkhamsted

Last inspection: March 24

Ugly Bug Cafe at the Natural History Museum

Last inspection: March 24

Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: March 29

High Street, Berkhamsted.

Last inspection: March 24

Waterhouse Street, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: March 30

Waterhouse Street, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: March 30

Last inspection: March 29

Hempstead Road, Kings Langley

Last inspection: March 24

Queens Square, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: March 23

Leverstock Village Green Centre, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: March 23

London Road, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: March 24

Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead.

Last inspection: March 23

The Gardeners Retreat Restaurant at the Chipperfield Home And Garden Center

Tower Hill, Chipperfield, Kings Langley

Last inspection: March 18

Douceur Catering at Hemel One

Border Way, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: March 16

Golf Club Road, Little Gaddesden, Berkhamsted

Last inspection: March 11

Border Way, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: March 10

Maylands Avenue, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: March 10

Nuffield Health Hemel Hempstead Fitness and Wellness Center

Maylands Avenue, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: March 10

Harris and Hoole at Tesco

Jarman Lane, Hemel Hempstead

Riverside, Hemel Hempstead

Maylands Avenue, Hemel Hempstead

The Lodge Bar & Kitchen at the Snowcentre

St Albans Hill, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: March 24

Frithsden Lane, Frithsden

Last inspection: March 23

St Johns Road, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: March 23

The Common, Kings Langley

Last inspection: March 18

Last inspection: March 17

London Road, Hemel Hempstead

Jarman Centre, Jarman Lane, Hemel Hempstead

Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: March 21

Lawn Walkway, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: March 16

Waterhouse Street, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: March 16

Maylands Avenue, Hemel Hempstead

Maylands Avenue, Hemel Hempstead

Main Street, Hemel Hempstead,

Alley of Three Cherry Trees, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: December 2

Jarman Lane, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: February 8

Last inspection: January 26

Last inspection: January 25

Main Street, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: January 24

Marlowes Shopping Centre, Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: January 24

Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead

Last inspection: November 23

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Amsterdam to close cannabis cafes to tourists

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Amsterdam, long a hazy paradise for marijuana fans, may be about to do the unthinkable.

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Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema says it’s time to shut down marijuana cafes because they cause too much trouble, reported.

Halsema told Amsterdam city councilors that the trade in soft drugs can lead to problems.

“Many of the city’s major problems are fueled by the cannabis market: from the nuisance caused by drug tourism to serious crime and violence. Banning sales to tourists is a necessary intervention…and the first step towards regulation,” Halsema said, according to Dutch News.

According to, the research found that only 66 of the city’s 166 licensed cafes are needed to meet local demand.

Halsema thinks a ban would be the best way to ensure the cannabis market remains manageable while experiments in regulated marijuana production are underway.

She has also launched a campaign against street trading, which includes warning signs, increased camera surveillance as well as the use of hosts to warn tourists of the risks in Amsterdam.

The belief is that far too many tourists travel to Amsterdam to use drugs.

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“Amsterdam is an international city, and we want to attract tourists – but for its wealth, beauty and cultural institutions,” Halsema said.

Canada legalized the purchase, sale and consumption of marijuana in October 2018. Since then, hundreds of legal dispensaries have opened in Toronto.

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Tenero Cafe & Butcher will replace Southall Cafe in East Memphis

Since moving from the Midwest to Memphis more than 20 years ago, Scott Tilton has dreamed of a butcher shop like the ones he frequented in Chicago.

Last year he decided he should build his own. Tenero Cafe & Butcher is his dream come true.

“I just want really good meat like I get in the Midwest,” Tilton said, explaining that he often stocked up on meat when he got home.

Just as he was starting to look for a location, Southall Café came up for sale. He took ownership in November and took on the rebranding and reimagining of the nearly two-year-old breakfast and lunch cafe.

The change is nearly complete and signs for Tenero Cafe & Butcher were installed Friday on the building at 669 S. Mendenhall Rd.

The restaurant is now open while final touches to the building are underway. Expect to see full changes to the old Southall Café by the first week of May.

What to expect

Waiter Johnathan Williams grabs a breakfast dish from the service counter at Tenero Cafe + Butcher in East Memphis on Friday, April 22, 2022.

Tenero Cafe & Butcher will be a combination full-service butcher and cafe.

The right side of the former Southall dining room is transformed into a butcher’s shop with an 18-foot counter.

In addition to premium cuts of beef like rib eye and tenderloin, expect to find items like house sausages, kebabs, bacon-wrapped asparagus, and twice-baked potatoes.

Mike Conklin, a butcher with over 25 years of experience, moved to Memphis from Iowa to become head butcher.

The shop will also offer a wide variety of homemade kids. “Jalapeno-cheddar, beer brats, blue cheese brats, even a pork and hash brown breakfast brat,” Tilton said.

The beef will come from Kansas and Nebraska, while the pork will come from Iowa. “It’s all farm-raised and antibiotic-free,” Tilton said.

Executive chef Tom Hughes cuts a Creekstone Farms sirlion top for a burger smash at his new Tenero Cafe + Butcher restaurant in East Memphis on Friday, April 22, 2022.

Chef Tom Hughes, who previously worked as head chef at Chickasaw Country Club and TPC Southwind, has taken over the kitchen.

Tilton said Hughes had already improved the existing Southall menu.

“We have the best French toast and our pancakes are light and fluffy,” Tilton said. “Plus, we now have our own applewood smoked bacon and sausages. That’s the beauty of having a butcher at home.

Due to Village of Williamsburg parking constraints, the restaurant will continue to be limited to breakfast and lunch. The only exception will be dinner on Sunday evening.

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On Sunday nights, Tilton said to expect dishes like a traditional Iowa pork tenderloin sandwich, a smash burger menu and appetizers like homemade pimento cheese with fried pork rinds.

The Sunday evening dinner service begins on April 24.

“We are excited for patio season. With the lights on the patio, it will be a great place to dine on Sunday nights,” said general manager Jena Black, adding that she can’t wait for guests to see the changes. at the restaurant.

Executive Chef Tom Hughes and Owner Scott Tilton at their new Tenero Cafe + Butcher restaurant in East Memphis on Friday, April 22, 2022.

How it happened

Tilton teamed up with longtime friend Larry Whitty to create Tenero Cafe and Butcher. It’s a concept the two hope to one day cross.

“Larry had always tried to get me to open a restaurant with him,” Tilton said. “I started telling him about two years ago that I wanted to open a butcher shop, but I wouldn’t unless he came to help me. Finally, he said “I’m coming”.

Whitty grew up in the restaurant business. His father Joe Whitty created the Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream chain in 1972. It now has more than a hundred establishments around the world.

Tilton added that he knew if they were going to open a concept, they had to turn it into something that could be franchised. Whitty was the perfect partner to make it happen. “It was his idea to have a restaurant as part of the butcher shop,” Tilton said.

The name has personal meaning for Tilton.

“Tenero means ‘tender’ in Italian,” he said. “My wife is Italian and her grandfather had a butcher shop in Chicago.”

Jennifer Chandler is the food and restaurant reporter at The Commercial Appeal. She can be reached at [email protected] and you can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @cookwjennifer.

Executive Chef Tom Hughes slices homemade, smoked and cured bacon at his new Tenero Cafe + Butcher restaurant in East Memphis on Friday, April 22, 2022.

In one look

Tenero Cafe & Butcher

Or: 669 S. Mendenhall Rd.

Cafe opening hours: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Monday to Friday; 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday; 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sunday

Butcher shop hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., daily

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Couple Revitalizing Six Village Businesses Open New Cafe in Alexandria Bay | Business

ALEXANDRIA BAY — Village residents took the opportunity to “wake up and cook” at a new cafe on James Street on Wednesday morning.

Wake & Bake Cafe in downtown Alexandria Bay opened its doors to customers for the first time, offering breakfast sandwiches, omelets, coffee, espresso and tea. In the former Kathy’s Coffee Pot storefront, owners Dave and Desiree Roberts are still putting the final details in place, including signage and a credit card machine.

It’s one of six businesses they’re starting or revitalizing in Alexandria Bay, including a gourmet restaurant, bar, classic pizzeria, juice bar, and gift shop.

“People say we’re crazy, but things are going great,” Ms Roberts said. “It’s a lot, and we are perfectly aware of it, but we have a great team. A big part of that is delegation at its finest.

The couple own the former Admirals’ Inn, which they are in the process of renovating and which will reopen in 1864, a gourmet restaurant. They own Skiff’s Bar, which will also reopen after the renovations are complete.

The Roberts own the Korner pizzeria and the Sunshack gift ship. All of their businesses are on or near James Street. Alex Bay Juice Co. is in a lime green building on Church Street, a few hundred yards away. They have purchased all of these businesses in the past six months and are working with a larger group of village residents who are working to rebuild and revitalize downtown Alexandria Bay.

“Things have been the same for so long,” Ms Roberts said. “We want to dress it up, make things a little nicer, make some changes to things.”

Mr Roberts said he and his wife are involved in nearly every aspect of their businesses – they pull espressos at Wake & Bake, pour beers at Skiff’s and sit at tables in 1864. As they go they build the businesses and renovate their buildings, they’ve been involved in most of the construction as well.

The Roberts have long been active residents of Alexandria Bay. Desiree and Dave have been real estate agents in the area for many years, and Dave’s parents are the former owners of the Aqua Zoo aquarium on Route 12. They said they wanted to improve the business scene in the village and recently found a way to work collaboratively with other business owners to make it all happen.

“It’s just a group of young people who are all like-minded,” Ms Roberts said. “We want to see the city grow.”

They said the local business community has been incredibly welcoming as they strive to open in time for the summer season. At Wake & Bake, they enlisted the former owners of Skiff’s Bar to help them program their cash register the day before it opened.

“The small-town look is very important, it’s special,” Roberts said.

Their plan is to play to each company’s strengths. Patrons of 1864 will be encouraged to enjoy a drink at Skiff’s or a dessert at Wake & Bake, and Mr Roberts said he was delighted to see downtown Alexandria Bay come to life as new businesses begin to welcome guests this season.

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EJ’s Bayfront Café will open at Meridian Marketplace

EJ’s Chunky Monkey Waffle Platter. Photo by Dave Horton and Gian Fortune Photography

EJ’s Bayfront Café, the popular breakfast/lunch/brunch destination at Bayfront Place, hits the road.

Owner Eric Becker is taking over the former Meridian Café, located eight miles northeast of Meridian Marketplace on Pine Ridge Road. Becker is a classically trained chef who graduated from Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts College in St. Louis. He worked in country clubs and was associated with Eli’s Restaurant & Lounge in Carlyle, Illinois, before opening EJ’s Bayfront Café in 2012. His menu focuses on morning classics: omelettes, Benedicts, scrambles and skillets, complemented by a number of vegetarian dishes and vegan choices.

EJ’s serves 450 to 500 guests per day in season. Despite the high volume, Becker is committed to using fresh, seasonal produce in nearly every dish. “Our mission was to create a family restaurant that would bring the community together and offer a quality, homemade product,” he says. The restaurant is pet-friendly on the large outdoor patio, and a county dog ​​park is just across the street.

Becker hopes to open his new location by mid-May. He will have access to the recipes of the former Meridian Café, renowned for its gluten-free dishes. EJ’s Meridian will have 80 seats to start and will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

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Pink paint announces ‘queer hipster oasis’ cafe is getting ready to open

Published: 04/15/2022 14:32:14

Modified: 04/15/2022 14:31:06

There’s no sign on the storefront yet, but you don’t really need one to spot Main Street’s newest future restaurant in Concord.

Teatotaller, a Somersworth cafe that describes itself as “an oasis of queer, hipster, tea, coffee and baking delights,” is preparing to open its downtown Concord branch in about a month after a long pandemic delay. It recruits for all cafe and bakery positions, which the website promises is “fun, friendly and fabulous” mixing bubble teas and other specialties with “drag shows to die for”. .

In preparation, this week he transformed the storefront a shocking pink.

“We’re going to be even bolder – higher saturation – at Concord,” said owner Emmett Soldati. “We have two local muralists to design the interior…and have custom furniture made.”

The store is in Concord’s central business performance district, which has a review process where an architectural design committee reviews proposed changes. Despite the telling change Teatotaller made, because it just involved painting and didn’t need a building permit, no city approval was needed.

The LGBTQ-friendly cafe has been in Somersworth since 2016. The business was preparing to open a second cafe on Warren Street in the spring of 2019 before COVID-19 got in the way. Since then, the edible arrangements at 2 Capital Plaza have closed, providing an opening to access Main Street.

The new space will offer sit-down and counter service and takeout, including outdoor seating, Soldati said. It will offer much the same menu as the Somersworth store.

The city has approved the cafe sign, which will soon be installed. The actual opening date has not been set, but late May or June seems likely, Soldati said.

Soldati ran for the Democratic nomination for the District 2 Executive Council seat in 2020. His father, Lincoln Soldati, was once mayor of Somersworth.

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Cafes and bars full of zest to switch to orange trading conditions

Staff at the Stage Door Cafe in King St celebrate the lifting of gathering restrictions, manager Annalize Smith, left, and Xanthe Vos-Tutt.


Staff at the Stage Door Cafe in King St celebrate the lifting of gathering restrictions, manager Annalize Smith, left, and Xanthe Vos-Tutt.

With the mention of a sour color, the mood of Manawatū’s hospitality industry brightened.

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced a rapid move to amber light conditions on Wednesday afternoon. All indoor capacity and seating restrictions are to be lifted by 11:59 p.m.

Customers in bars, cafes and restaurants are no longer required to sit down or wear a mask when getting up from their seat.

Wearing a mask in public transport, retail outlets, pharmacies, airports, government buildings and public leisure facilities is still required.

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A crowded dance floor inside The Daily nightclub in 2020 in Alert Level 1 conditions.

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A crowded dance floor inside The Daily nightclub in 2020 in Alert Level 1 conditions.

The lifting of restrictions is quick relief for a beleaguered hospitality sector battling for patronage as Kiwis have grown accustomed to staying at home amid the Omicron outbreak and social restrictions.

Ricky Quirk, owner of Palmerston North nightclubs The Cobb, Trader McKenzie’s and The Daily, said the change in lights would have a huge impact on his venues.

“It means we will be able to reopen the nightclub, although we probably won’t be open until next weekend as Easter trading hours can be a bit disruptive.

“I’d like to think more people will show up. Our other bars have been doing pretty well lately, so we’ll see if the youngsters do well again.

Although the small cafes did not anticipate a drastic change in commerce, they hoped that the orange would bring a change of mood.

“It’s terrible to turn people away,” Stage Door Cafe manager Annalize Smith said.

The Stage Door Cafe expects to welcome back more students and customers previously turned away due to their vaccination status.


The Stage Door Cafe expects to welcome back more students and customers previously turned away due to their vaccination status.

She, along with barista Xanthe Vos-Tutt, said she could see the potential for more people to walk through their doors.

“We know a few people who are unvaccinated who are really excited to come back,” Vos-Tutt said.

“We also get a lot of customers from UCOL across the road. Their classes have been separated but now that they are all back on campus, I hope they will come back to us too.


Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins gives the daily update and announces a change from alert levels to the amber traffic light setting.

The Superstock Teams Champs speedway festival, to be held in Palmerston North over Anzac weekend and expected to attract over 10,000 visitors to Manawatū, was looming on the minds of many business owners.

Jacko Stephens’ George St cafe, Cafe Jacko, is a stone’s throw from CET Arena.

He said the announcement couldn’t have come at a better time.

Jacko Stephens of Cafe Jacko expects a boost in business as the amber traffic light trade is introduced in time for the Teams Champs speedway weekend.


Jacko Stephens of Cafe Jacko expects a boost in business as the amber traffic light trade is introduced in time for the Teams Champs speedway weekend.

“Teams Champs is by far our biggest trading weekend. We expect to be slammed. It’s going to be huge.

“I don’t know if our business will increase, but I think people will feel a lot better coming here now that they won’t have to wear masks and they won’t have to worry about themselves. Sit.”

In Terrace End, The Rose and Crown general manager Thomas Griggs felt the same way, hoping the lifting of restrictions would bring back the pub atmosphere that regulars have been looking for.

Rose & Crown managing director Thomas Griggs welcomes the change to orange.


Rose & Crown managing director Thomas Griggs welcomes the change to orange.

“Getting rid of seat restrictions is huge for us. Many of our regulars enjoy coming to the bar, enjoying a pint, joking a bit and for us that is part of it.

Griggs said Teams Champs has always been huge for the pub, attracting customers from out of town and overseas.

“So hopefully some of that will come back.”

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10 Best Cafes to Score in Kasol

Nestled between snow-capped mountains along the banks of the Parvati River, Kasol is a backpacker’s paradise. Good food, good vibes and good people await you in the wonderland of the Himalayas. We featured some of the best coffees in Kasol.

Also known as the Amsterdam of India, thanks to the exceptional quality of its cannabis, Kasol has carved out a place for itself over the past decade. Whether you are on a hippie trail with your friends or on a working holiday, sumptuous cuisine and chic spaces are things that every traveler craves, and for that, Kasol is perfect!

The best cafes in Kasol that should be on your radar

You will love everything about Jim Morrison Coffee if you are a hardcore classic rock fan. Dedicated to rock legend Jim Morrison, the cafe is located on a secluded hill, away from the tourist bustle. Comfy floor couches with headrests give the cafe a laid-back vibe, while the cool sunshine conjures up nothing but good vibes. Boasting tangerine walls dotted with rock icon wall art, the cafe also boasts lovely hillside views from its backyard. It is a purely vegetarian cafe. Try their hummus platter, shakes and waffles.

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  Buddha Square

This riverside cafe will charm you with soulful music, psychedelic murals and a bright, airy vibe. Take a seat by the window and marvel at the majestic Himalayas and the sunny river as you devour a plate of piping hot momos. Satisfy endless sugar cravings with their filling and delicious milkshakes. Their masala chai and lemon ginger tea are also worth trying. Do not miss their Nutella pancakes and their Nutella chapati!

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Bhoj Cafe

One of Kasol’s oldest cafes, Bhoj Cafe serves Israeli and continental dishes. The chic cafe features a gram-worthy bohemian aesthetic. The cafe has an old-world charm that complements its chic decor. Try their Nutella desserts, especially pancakes. They also serve yum Falafel, Schnitzel and Shakshuka. The hummus and pita bread is also a bestseller. They serve breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.

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  Moon Dance Cafe

Moon Dance Cafe, an old backpacker favorite, serves wholesome European gourmet meals. This is a quintessential trippy cafe in Kasol where you can enjoy food rich in delicious waffles and pancakes. Its quirky decor, hippie vibe and friendly staff make Moon Dance Cafe one of Kasol’s most desirable cafes. Their papaya juice and gourmet Italian meal make a healthy combo.

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Coffee Sun

Fancy a relaxing massage after a long hike? Head to Cafe Sunshine, an all-time favorite with tourists. Perhaps the only cafe in Kasol where you can pamper yourself with a massage, Cafe Sunshine is located by the river and offers mesmerizing views of the sun. valley. The modest establishment serves Israelis, Indians, Chinese and Italians. Popular dishes include trout, shakshuka, chicken sandwiches and hot chocolate.

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Evergreen coffee

If you want to add a very aesthetic and envy-inducing image to your Instagram feed, visit The Evergreen Cafe. One of the oldest bistros in Kasol, the cafe offers delicious Israeli, Middle Eastern, Italian and Indian dishes. They are known for their sumptuous full meals. Popular dishes on their menu include their range of pizzas, lasagna and Turkish kebabs. They also serve pancakes and refreshing drinks. The best part? You can also ask them to cook gluten-free meals if you’re a fitness freak.

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Little Italy

Located in the trippy alleys of Kasol’s Little Israel district, Cafe Little Italy is known for its delicious Italian specialties, prepared with an Indian twist. Surrounded by tall pine trees, the cafe features classic wooden furnishings and decor. Try the farmhouse pizza, cheeseburger and fish. Their juices are the best in town, especially the watermelon juice. While the indoor seating area is dimly lit and provides a cozy ambience, breakfast can be taken outside with gorgeous views and fresh air. And oh, they make delicious muffins too!

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Stone Garden Cafe

Nestled amidst lush greenery, Stone Garden is one of Kasol’s most popular cafes. They are known for their hippie vibes, trippy EDM and delicious Israeli dishes. Most travelers come here to enjoy lazy brunches. They also serve alcohol. Try the Chicken Schnitzel, hummus and biryani. Their range of pizzas and tikkas is also impressive.

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Pink Floyd Cafe

If you want to take the road less traveled and plan to stay in Tosh, Pink Floyd Cafe comes highly recommended. This beautiful cafe is synonymous with zen vibes, aesthetics festooned with prayer flags, and delicious food. The cafe has become a sought-after refuge for backpackers and digital nomads, who spend hours here soaking up the sun and sipping countless cups of honey-lemon tea. They deserve extra marks for their hospitality and service. If you are up for a strenuous hike from Kasol to Tosh, this cafe is worth it.

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Coffee out of bounds

Part of Off Limits Stays, Off Limits Coffee is the first hemp coffee in India. They serve hemp-infused food, but that won’t get you high. In fact, it is good for health. Hemp is said to offer significant health benefits due to its anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, and antipsychotic properties. Located on the banks of the gurgling Parvati River, the chic cafe serves delicious Italian, Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine. Try their classic burger and fries with a cup of freshly brewed coffee coffee.

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Here are some of Worcester’s quirkiest cafes

THE city has no shortage of excellent cafes and coffee shops to enjoy a hot drink and a cake.

Worcester even has several quirky cafes, including coffee boats, jungle-themed streamers, and 1930s railroad decor.

Now that Easter is right around the corner and the weather seems a little dull, we’ve compiled a list of some of Worcester’s quirkiest cafes.

Perfect for a rainy day but also ideal for a quick coffee break from the sun on a hot day.

Francini Coffee From Colombia

This city cafe has been dubbed a coffee lover’s dream and the quirky decor only makes the experience even better.

One diner said: “Lovely original coffee, had one of the best lattes I’ve had in ages! Great quality, great friendly service and the coffee certainly delivers.

“We also had olive bread with buffalo mozzarella and tomatoes…simply delicious! We will definitely be back.

Ditch those run-of-the-mill coffee chains and support this lovely family business, you won’t be disappointed. »

Papa’s Cafe

Papa’s cafe on New Street is a hidden gem in Worcester. Guests often leave singing his praises and hoping to return soon.

One customer said, “Nice atmosphere, good coffee, good prices, attentive staff. Modern look and comfortable seating. Nice cake too. Thank you very much. We will be back soon.”

While another said: “Went to the cafe for lunch during the very busy Christmas market, absolutely wonderful find.

A warm and welcoming atmosphere made the staff feel like part of a well-oiled machine.”

Centenary Fair

The Centenary Lounge features an original 1930s railroad interior and offers a glamorous atmosphere. Many diners have used this place to celebrate special occasions with their loved ones.

One customer said: “I visited Centenary Lounge for the first time and couldn’t fault the experience, it’s definitely a place to go and enjoy amazing food and drink.

“This was complemented by fantastic service from all staff who were never rushed and felt highly personalized.

“The food is truly fantastic and a cut above many other places in the area. Also for those who don’t drink, the mocktails are definitely worth trying.”

Coffee afloat

Cafe Afloat in Diglis is a cafe on a boat. Many cafe visitors have called the venue the perfect brunch spot.

One guest said, “Perfect setting. Very relaxed. Covered seating available. Great service and great bacon sandwiches for breakfast.”

Another restaurant said: “Great location for a relaxing Sunday brunch Tasty food with friendly efficient service Bold place to stop after a sunny walk by the Severn Thanks we will definitely be back.”

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Creating a coffee experience is on the entrepreneur’s new menu

A determined Tri-City entrepreneur changed her business model and business name and signed a three-year lease in a new location to launch it.

Pasco’s Nena Cosic has been operating European Desserts & Appetizers by Nena from the Red Mountain Kitchen in downtown Kennewick for the past four years.

It will reopen as Café Magnolia, hopefully by June 1, in the space recently vacated by Koko’s Bartini in 4309 W. 27 Place, Suite A, in the Cynergy Center near Southridge High School.

Café Magnolia will be a sit-down location for coffee and food in a “feminine, elegant, French-themed” setting.

“My dream has always been to have a sit-down café. We Europeans live for it. We live for our lunch breaks to meet a friend or after leaving work. All of life’s big decisions are made over a cup of coffee.

“It’s kind of my idea. I want people to slow down here,” said Cosic, a Bosnian refugee who has lived in the Tri-Cities for more than two decades.

The Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business featured his company in a January 2020 article.

Bulldog Signs and Graphics in Kennewick installed the new Café Magnolia signs on April 7. (Courtesy of Café Magnolia)

A complete renovation is underway to transform the restaurant and patio into a European look and style. Cosic declined to share details, saying it would be a surprise.

Café Magnolia will offer breakfast and lunch, a catered menu and will transform into an event space after 5 p.m.

Cosic also plans to establish a commissary kitchen so that when customers rent the space, they can bring their favorite chef.

The cafe will feature a full espresso bar, drive-thru window and patio seating. Cosic said she also applies for a liquor license to serve wine and beer.

What is on the menu?

The breakfast menu will include sandwiches, homemade croissants with Italian cold cuts, frittatas, pancakes with different toppings and yogurt parfaits.

Lunch will include small bites, spaghetti, mussels in white wine and garlic sauce, meatball subs, salads, soups and charcuterie platters — “everyday, all the day,” Cosic said.

European Desserts & Appetizers by Nena is known for its elaborate charcuterie platters for home and events and its handmade desserts, including Spartak Cake, made in thin layers and glazed with a cream cheese-based custard , Bosnian baklava, made from her mother’s recipe, Italian tiramisu and French pastries.

Cosic would also like to offer coffee courses, including deli courses.

And she just hired someone to run an indoor and outdoor market on Saturdays with food, farmers and artisans. She expects this to open the second week of June.

Create an experience

“I want this place to be an experience. I want them to go, I want them to say, ‘I want to bring my mother back or someone I love.’ I want to create an experience and be differentferent,” Cosic said.

Nena Cosic said these handmade copper coffee pots were flown in from Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, to be used in her new cafe to serve Turkish-style coffee. (Courtesy of Café Magnolia)

One of the ways Cosic aims to create a special experience is by serving Turkish-style coffee.

His view will include handmade copper coffee pots and coffee imported from Bosnia.

Water is boiled on the stove top and the grounds are dropped into the hot water. Unfiltered coffee is served without sugars or creamers because they take away its earthy flavor, Cosic said.

“It’s kind of like homemade espresso without the machine, but less strong,” she said.

Cosic plans to staff his restaurant with three to ten employees. “We expect to be very, very busy,” she said.

The cafe hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Its previous business model was successful, but then Covid-19 hit and everything slowed down. The pandemic put her a year and a half behind her plan to open a sit-down restaurant, she said. But it also gave her time to figure out what she wanted to do next.

She is undeterred that Koko didn’t make it to the location.

“I don’t see it as a bar at all,” she said.

She thinks the cafe’s proximity to Southridge High School, several medical practices including Trios Southridge Hospital and the Gesa Carousel of Dreams, for which they already host many catered events, is ideal.

She bought Frost Me Sweet’s food truck a month ago, and it’s already booked for private dining events for the next two months.

Cosic said she invested her personal savings, secured a loan and received lots of help from friends, family and her fiancé, including support from her new owners, to make Café Magnolia a success. “So much love has come our way,” she said.

“We plan to be here for many years to come.”

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Cafe Olli is everything you want it to be

Cafe Olli is a large number of restaurants.

By day, it’s a casual, counter-service spot with your choice of pastries, sandwiches and “pizza alla pala” Roman squares by the slice. There’s also soup, two kinds of fancy cheese on toast (whipped ricotta with bee pollen and citrus marmalade or stracciatella with Calabrian chili honey), and breakfast options. -made-to-order breakfast, all in a bright space with large windows overlooking both Northeast Martin Boulevard Luther King Jr. and Failing Street.

At night, the room darkens. There are servers on the floor, and cooks busy themselves with the wood-burning oven, which remains from the space’s former occupant, Ned Ludd (though it’s not the only cooking utensil). Pizzas are now whole and round, and the menu includes snacks like beef tartare and marinated olives, salads, roasted vegetables, a single crust, three mains, and desserts (get there early or eat fast to guarantee a slice of classic chocolate cake). ).

With its eclectic simplicity, Cafe Olli has decidedly “this is what a restaurant should be after a pandemic”. Its five founding partners all previously worked for Submarine Hospitality (Ava Gene’s, Tusk). They own 50% of the restaurant, while the remaining 50% is owned by an employee-owned trust. This means that half of the quarterly profits go to employees based on hours worked and seniority.

There’s also no tipping here since Cafe Olli charges a 20% service charge to pay all staff higher salaries and provide health care and paid vacations. The social practices extend to the menu, which includes a sliding-scale community meal ($0 to $14)—a savory farro porridge during the day and a meatball dish at dinner—available, as he describes, for “those experiencing food insecurity or financial hardships. No questions asked.

But Cafe Olli also has familiar pre-pandemic elements: It is, of course, “seasonally focused” and “locally sourced,” with produce from Pablo Munoz Farms and beef from Laney Family Farms. There’s also a commitment to making as many things as possible in-house, including pastas, breads and roast meats for sandwiches. The menu and space also evoke the brunch, crunchy vibe of all-day LA stalwarts Sqirl and Gjusta.

For breakfast, a frittata of the day ($8) changes with whatever seasonal vegetables are on hand – on a recent visit, it was potato, leek, spring onion and garlic. green garlic. It came with a shot of mayonnaise and a side of hearty greens.

If you prefer a sandwich instead, Cafe Olli lets you order your frittata nestled in a seeded ciabatta bun served with cheddar cheese, greens, mayonnaise, and a hot fermented jalapeño and serrano sauce ($10).

A large green schmear of hot sauce with cheddar and mayo is also on the sausage sandwich ($10), which can be ordered with or without a fried egg. Her crispy little “breakfast roll” seemed unlikely to hold her layers, but, in fact, the roll is both fluffy and squeezable, and all the pieces are held together without the need for the supplied knife.

If it’s Saturday or Sunday, the pastry’s star attraction is the bombolini ($6), a gigantic Italian doughnut coated in crispy sugar that walks the “is this dessert or is this breakfast?” line, especially when the filling is a salted chocolate pastry cream. Other recent options have been passion fruit curd and cheesecake mousse. There’s also an old-fashioned donut ($5), with vanilla buttermilk frosting, as well as good old-fashioned coffee cake in the form of a loaf ($3 a slice).

The dinner menu has a choose your own adventure feel, suitable for someone looking for a quick meal of pizza and salad at the counter with its full view of the oven, or a customer looking for a full trip through the menu. Recently, a plate of strong-tasting roasted Brussels sprouts ($10) stole the show. In fact, its char, sweetness and tartness also made the next plate bland, beef tartare with crisps, horseradish and Meyer lemon ($14).

If you have to choose your carbs, choose pizza over pasta. Current options include a four cheese (no tomato) with kale and agrodolce onions ($26) and an Italian sausage with pepperoncini and Calabrian chili ($25), which you can also brown with hot Calabrian honey ($3) . But it’s the minimalist pomodoro ($20) — nothing but tomato sauce, thinly sliced ​​garlic, oregano, and olive oil — that really showcases the naturally risen and kissed crust. by fire.

Except you’re also going to want to “spoil” the purity of this pizza by adding stracciatella ($3). And oh boy, will you feel spoiled. Hand-stretched from curds supplied by Cowbell Creamery, the milky fat of cream cheese is both decadent and simple. Which also sums up Cafe Olli.

TO EAT: Cafe Olli, 3925 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 503-206-8604, 9am-2pm Tuesday, 9am-9pm Wednesday-Sunday.

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