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.

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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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South Korean cafes and restaurants face flood of complaints over plastic cup ban

South Korea’s cafes and restaurants have reportedly received customer complaints after it banned disposable cups and dishes for diners. Establishments can’t do anything about the ban since it was the government’s order to stop the use of disposable utensils in their stores.

The South Korean government has banned plastic cups in fast food outlets, and the policy went into effect on Friday, April 1. According to the Korea Times, the use of disposable utensils was first banned in 2018, and the ban was lifted. in 2020.

When the pandemic hit, the regulations were reinstated to stop the spread of COVID-19. The government eased the restriction a few months later, but the Ministry of Environment now imposes the same rule with the same rigor when implementing it, as the country’s government believes that the COVID situation will soon enter the phase. endemic.

“People have gotten used to using plastic cups again over the past couple of years and I understand that many still feel uncomfortable drinking drinks from a cup, which many people share in the cafes and restaurants,” said a cafe owner identified only by her last name, Jeon. in a report. “However, I can’t do anything against government policy, but people keep asking me if they can just use a plastic cup because they’re leaving in five minutes.”

There are also locals who believe that restricting the use of plastic cups is not effective as the ban is only enforced in South Korea. They say this because eliminating disposables is part of the effort to help save the environment.

“The government encourages people to use personal cups, but they are also made from plastic,” said another customer. “I don’t know how Korea alone banning plastic cups can help improve environmental protection.”

Meanwhile, the Korea Herald previously reported that the country has again banned single-use plastic cups. The Environment Ministry ordered restaurants and cafes to follow and containers, plastic cups, toothpicks and wooden chopsticks were not allowed, even in bars and food stalls. This recent ban was announced last week.

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JayDay Café and Boba in Yakima offer food, tea and other beverages | Business

Milk and bubble teas, coffee and energy drinks, smoothies, pastries and other food items are offered at the newly opened JayDay Café and Boba, 2402 S. First St., Suite 102, in Yakima.

The name of the establishment is a combination of the two owners, the couple Yakima Jayden and Dayana Nguyen, who dreamed of opening their own business together. They just needed a location.

“I was helping unload supplies next door at the family business (beauty salon JayDay Nails) when the jeweler who had this place told us he was moving,” Jayden said.

“We tried to make this place unique and show our love for plants and the outdoors,” Dayana said of the interior design of JayDay Café. “We have over 50 different drinks and some things you won’t find anywhere else in Yakima.”

Boba or bubble tea is an Asian drink that consists of tea, soft tapioca balls and other flavors. Jayden said taro or strawberry flavored milk tea is their most popular drink, while Dayana recommended the sunset smoothie, which “literally looks like a sunset” and includes dragon fruit. and pineapple.

JayDay Café and Boba, which held its grand opening last week, is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Call (509) 426-2886 or visit jayday_cafenboba on Instagram for more information.

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Outlook | Hummingbird Floral and Cafe your one stop shop | Outlook

WILEY FORD, W.Va. – Breathtaking, beautiful, alluring and attractive best describes the flowers of Hummingbird Floral.

Selling fresh and silk arrangements, it is a full-service floral boutique. Specializing in funeral and wedding flowers, they offer a variety of funeral floral services, including casket sprays, standing sprays, urn centerpieces, funeral baskets and living dish gardens. Best of all, local delivery is available. Call for more information.

Hummingbird also offers custom wedding bouquets and decorations. The floral boutique opened in November 2020 and is owned by Kim Kesner and her daughters Olivia Kesner and Emily Snyder.

Kim was a florist for nine years before opening the flower shop. Emily and Olivia are learning more and more about the business every day.

Hummingbird Floral is a family-owned business that also includes the Hummingbird Cafe, which is a full-service restaurant and bakery that opened in 2015.

Hummingbird Floral and Hummingbird Cafe combine delicious food, decadent desserts and beautifully arranged flowers under one roof. It’s your one-stop-shop and guaranteed to impress for any occasion, from birthdays to weddings and holidays.

They are located at the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport in Wiley Ford and are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Call them at 304-738-4019 and like them on Facebook.

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Massive Taiwanese cheese-tea chain opens first cafe in Chicago

A local franchisee has opened the first Chicago location of Happy Lemon, a Taiwan-based boba chain known for specializing in Asian cheese teas – sweet and savory cold tea drinks topped with salted milk and cheese foam to la crème – and has big plans for the surrounding suburbs.

Trinh Le, a west coast transplant that already has a Happy Lemon location in Evanston, opened the new cafe in March at 818 W. Fullerton Avenue near the Lincoln Park campus of DePaul University. The simple service counter with an all-student staff seats 20 in a space decorated with white subway tiles and bright yellow walls. Founded in 2006, Happy Lemon has more than 1,500 company-owned stores and franchises in Asia, Europe, Australia and North America.

Although many Chicagoans are now familiar with boba, which is sold in cafes across the city, Le’s extensive menu will expand the city’s options. It’s the same menu as the Evanston location, where last year it first introduced the brand to Illinois, and includes purple taro milk tea with boba, black tea with Strawberry with salty cheese, smoothies, granitas and playful bubble waffles (original and chocolate). “I was raised in California, so I was surrounded by bubble tea all the time,” she says. “When I first moved to Chicago, I saw a very diverse food scene, but there wasn’t much variety in terms of boba tea.”

A former banker, Le originally planned to treat Happy Lemon as a hobby, but soon realized she wanted to pursue hospitality full-time. It aims to open five sites in the Chicago area by the end of 2022 and is already looking for sites in Glenview and Schaumburg in hopes of securing leases in the coming months. It is also set to open a third location soon that will share space with its other franchise project – Taiwanese hot pot chain Tasty Pot – in suburban Naperville.

“[The shared location] will help us find a balance,” says Le. “The hot pot is good in cold weather and Happy Lemon is busier in the summer, so we can attract customers all year round.”

happy lemon Lincoln Park, 818 W. Fullerton Avenue, open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

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Live: Terry Robb at the Wild Manzanita Grocery and Cafe on May 19. | Community

“One of the best acoustic guitarists on the international scene.” – living blues

Terry Robb Solo Live at Wild Grocery and Cafe

298 Laneda Manzanita Ore Avenue 97130


Some musicians win prizes. Then there are very few prizes named after them. Terry Robb – hailed as a blues guitar virtuoso and one of the finest acoustic guitarists on the international scene – is one such musician. The Vancouver-born, Portland-based bluesman won the Muddy Award for Best Acoustic Guitar so many times that the Cascade Blues Association eventually collapsed and attached his name to the trophy permanently.

The recognition of his art does not stop there. The Oregon Music Hall of Famer has been hailed by Rolling Stone, Acoustic Guitar, Down Beat, Guitar Player, Vintage Guitar, Living Blues, and Oprah’s O Magazine, praising his talents as a finger picker, singer, songwriter, arranger and producer. He toured the country with Buddy Guy, Steve Miller, Robin Trower and John Fahey, appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, dazzled crowds at Portland Trail Blazers games and collaborated with the Oregon Symphony. During his decades-long run in the limelight – one during which he released fifteen acclaimed albums – he proved to be a master of almost every blues style and technique imaginable.

And there’s no better representation of his mastery than Confess my rights. Robb’s 13-track collection of original songs draws on influences as varied as country blues to Coltrane, ragtime to Hendrix and Americana to American primitivism. Released in 2019 to worldwide acclaim, the album topped the Billboard Blues Album Chart, Living Blues Radio Report, Roots Music Report Blues Album Chart and UK’s International Blues Broadcasters Album Chart, earning it another Muddy Award for North West Recording of the Year and a Blues Music Award Nomination by the Blues Foundation.

Terry Robb is an acclaimed fingerstyle guitarist, singer, songwriter, arranger and record producer. His work is featured in Hollywood films, documentaries and biographies, such as Game of Thrones, The Horse Whisperer and Dance of Death: The Life of John Fahey, American Guitarist.. He is associated with the American Primitive Guitar genre through his collaborations with Fahey, and is considered a blues acoustic guitar virtuoso. Over his decades-long career, Robb has released 15 acclaimed albums as a solo artist and performed at festivals and concert halls across the United States, Canada and Europe. For more information, visit

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Almendro Café will bring coffee and Mexican food next to the Hyde Park Art Center

HYDE PARK – The owners of a cafe next to the Hyde Park Art Center are planning a grand opening next week as they prepare to offer specialty coffees, Mexican food and a “comfortable” environment.

Almendro Café will take over the former Bridgeport Coffee, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., pending a final municipal inspection of the space, co-owner Pamela Hernandez said. She owns the cafe with her mother.

Alongside coffee, iced tea, pastries and other cafe mainstays, they will reflect “a bit of our Mexican heritage” on Almendro’s menu with molletes, tortas, tamales, elotes, l ‘horchata and agua de jamaica,’ Hernandez said.

“I would say someone can eat reasonably for less than $20,” Hernandez said. “We know there are a lot of older people and students in the area, so we try to bring our prices down.”

Hernandez hopes to open the cafe next week, and when it does, neighbors will be invited to get a feel for the place during a free tasting, she said.

Almendro Café hours will be 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Sunday.

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A strawberry pie from Almendro Café, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. in Hyde Park.

The cafe is next to the Hyde Park Art Center, where students are due to start their first session of paid classes next week. The cafe will remain open beyond its normal hours and will sell food to people attending art center events as needed, Hernandez said.

“We are really grateful to the art center for entrusting us with the offer [the café space]because we know there were a lot of applicants,” Hernandez said.

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The barista stand, the counter and the seats of the Almendro Café.

The art center is “super excited to have Almendro Café in our building and is looking forward to its opening,” Lorenz said in an email. “We know the community has missed having a place to grab a coffee and a bite to eat and congregate, and [we] are enthusiastic about their vision of space.

The owners are completing renovations to the space, Hernandez said. They want to create a “place where someone can feel welcome,” especially after neighbors have been isolated from each other for the past two years, she said.

“We don’t just want it to be a cafe; we want you to walk there like a house,” Hernandez said. “There will be a sofa over there if you just want to be over there with your coffee. … We’re not just a retail location, we want you to feel welcome and comfortable.

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Maria’s Cafe closed for repairs after truck crash at Southtown restaurant

The family restaurant was two days away from celebrating 33 years in business. A customer offered to do the repairs for free.

SAN ANTONIO — A construction crew and employees of Maria’s Cafe spent the morning cleaning up what was left of their restaurant’s front. Rubble piled up on the sidewalk and their front door was torn off after a truck crashed into the building on Monday night.

San Antonio police and firefighters responded just before 6 p.m., but did not release details of what caused the driver to crash. No one seemed seriously hurt.

The restaurant had already closed at the time of the accident, which owner Maria Beza was grateful for.

“Everything can be fixed,” she said. “Everyone is safe and we’re fine, that’s the material we can take care of.”

Her daughter, Leslie Beza, said it still hurt to see the damage after all the hard work her mother had put into the restaurant.

“It just brings him joy, being in the kitchen and feeding people,” she said.

The small restaurant known for its unique and often customer-created menu was almost immediately offered the support of the community it serves.

Beza’s husband, Tom, praised all of the first responders who he said went above and beyond after the crash and helped them board the building.

You can follow their Facebook page here.

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This cafe hidden in a greenhouse 1 hour from Montreal is the perfect place to get away

Whether you want to soak up the spring vibe all year round or are trying to avoid seeing someone you know, there’s a cafe hidden away in a greenhouse in Drummondville, about an hour from Montreal, which should definitely be on your bucket list.

Nestled amongst the foliage, Rose Café is the perfect place to sip amazing coffee, eat a delicious meal and escape the hustle and bustle, swapping city life for the Garden of Eden vibe. You can also impress a date by bringing them to this secret spot that many Montrealers don’t know about.

The beverage menu includes all your favorite caffeinated beverages, plus specialty drinks like a toasted hazelnut and cocoa latte. Yum!

On the catering side, croque monsieurs, burritos, gourmet salads and lots of sandwich options. It is a vegetarian and vegan restaurant, so you will also find many plant-based options, such as their homemade vegan sandwich with beet bread, marinated tofu, hummus, pickles, olives, tomatoes and salad fresh from the greenhouses.

On a sunny day, you can also take a walk on the greenhouse terrace and enjoy the beautiful plants and flowers around you.

The Rose Café is an ideal pit stop between Quebec and Montreal, so you can have lunch and clear your mind before returning to reality.

Pink Coffee

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Cuisine: Café and local menu, vegan/vegetarian

Address: 210, boul. Lemire O., Drummondville, QC


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Nottinghamshire farm shop cafe named one of the best in the UK

A farm cafe in Nottinghamshire has been hailed as one of the best in the UK after reaching the final of the 2022 farm gate retail prices. The creme de la creme included the Harley Cafe in Welbeck, which was ranked in the bottom three after a public vote.

He was capped at the post by the Lambing Shed in Cheshire. Newton Farm Foods in Bath was the other finalist. Harley Cafe is a stone’s throw from Welbeck Farm Shop and is a big proponent of using the best produce possible, including meat, bread and beer from the estate that was once home to the Duke of Portland.

Homemade breakfasts are popular, and visitors know they’ll always find something new and seasonal for lunch – currently venison tagine, deviled egg and miso-braised onion sandwiches, a vegan dish. Cafe manager Darren Phillips said: “To be in the top three when you look at the two we were up against is really good. We’re very proud.”

“Fair play to Lambing Shed. If we had won, I would have been amazed just because of the size difference – the others are pretty big commercial projects.” The only awards given by other agricultural retailers celebrate the best agricultural stores, agricultural cafes and restaurants, farmers markets and commercial suppliers in the country.

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Mars Café will open a new cafe in downtown Des Moines

Mars Café, the Drake neighborhood cafe, plans to expand to a new location at 700 Locust St. in the gateway to the Greater Des Moines Partnership Building.

With more and more cafes gone over the past two years, Kuuku Saah, co-owner of Mars Cafe with Alec Davis, said there was a vacuum in the coffee market in the downtown business district of Monks. Saah has noticed a need for third-wave craft coffees and wants Mars Café to fill that gap.

“All we’re trying to do is create a warm space that people want to come into,” Saah said. “A little oasis for people who come in to work or have been sitting at your desk all day and just need a little break and we had great coffee.”

After buying Mars Café in 2020, Saah scaled back by closing Mars Sidebar in Capital Square. He wanted to make changes to improve the quality of the brand before expanding again.

“Mars is a brand that’s been around for 16 years,” Saah said. “The fact that we’ve been able to keep the Mars brand for so long, I think, tells the story of Des Moines and the growth of Des Moines.”

Mars Café on Locust will have a greater focus on coffee and eliminate most food options at bakeries in the new location.

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Mars will retain the warm and open cosmonaut theme found at the Drake site, accompanied by an array of artwork by various artists in the 500 square foot store.

Community is top of mind for Saah, and he hopes to see the same loyalty from new customers that Drake’s location has enjoyed.

To do this, Saah focused on making Mars Café better for employees rather than trying to change the high quality product that customers are already enjoying.

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Saah said cafes typically experience high employee turnover, so he favored independence and quality of employees. Being able to see a familiar face every day rather than a constant wheelhouse of employees going around is one of Saah’s top priorities with the expansion.

Ryan Osburn, who worked for Mars Café before Saah acquired it, noticed a distinct difference working there. He said the cafe emphasizes training and development rather than “hanging on to our pants,” as Osburn put it.

Continued:These downtown Des Moines cafes and cafes will get your day started right

Saah is constantly asked when the new store will open by curious passers-by in the Greater Des Moines Partnership building.

“We expect an opening in a few weeks here. There are still a few things that we have ordered and are waiting for,” Saah said. “The whole supply chain, it’s so interesting where it’s so abstract until it starts to impact you.”

The new Mars Café location is expected to open in late March or April.

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Fine-dining restaurant designed to help teens open in Pittsburgh

Cafe Momentum, a fine-dining restaurant designed to help teens who have been in the criminal justice system, is set to open in downtown Pittsburgh in August. The restaurant was established in Dallas seven years ago by Chad Houser. “Over the past seven years, we’ve worked with over 1,000 young people,” Houser said. Cafe Momentum trains teens ages 15-19 to work in all aspects of the restaurant industry. Houser said he came up with the concept when he realized, firsthand, that children in the justice system often needed a second chance. ice cream for a contest. “The moment I met these 8 young men, I realized I had stereotyped them before I met them and I was wrong,” Houser said. “I was incredibly ashamed of myself because I thought I was a better human being, but in the face of reality, literally face to face, I had nowhere to go but I admit I was wrong” This led me to spend the next few hours not only teaching them how to make ice cream but them teaching me their truth, who they were why they were. Two days later, they were competing with university culinary students. One of them wins the whole competition, he is so excited, tells me that when he gets out of detention, he is going to find a job in a restaurant and asked my professional chef’s opinion if he should work at Wendy’s or Chili’s. “Houser said he knew that just getting hired would be tough, for teenagers who had been in the justice system. That, he said, was the impetus behind the coffee, and the reason why it now expands to Pittsburgh.”Our goal, our objective, our mission is to serve our young people, that’s our intention, that’s what we seek,” Houser said. value to our youth and beyond ourselves and I think that’s what really drew us to Pittsburgh is that kind of integrity that the community is committed to.” “The simple act of to be able to be proud of myself is a big accomplishment for me,” said Tristyn Williams. Williams did the paid internship in Dallas. Dallas Juvenile Litation Center,” Williams said. Williams has since graduated from the program, but continues to work with Cafe Momentum and now plans to become a pastry chef. Homemade cinnamon buns are her specialty. “It’s very important to be able to believe in myself and to have people behind me who believe in me because honestly I never would have thought of pursuing a career in the kitchen because I’m like, ‘This something what you do at home is a chore,” Williams said. But since I’ve been in the cafe, I’ve found it to be a bonding experience and a way to get into something. ‘one else is either on track to graduate or have already done so and a third are heading to college.’ Houser said he hopes Pittsburgh will benefit in the same way as teenagers and adults. Dallas customers of the city’s best restaurants for the seven years we’ve been open and we’re on purpose because it proves to the community and it also proves to young people that they can and will meet the level of expectation set for as long as we provide them with the tools, resources and opportunity to do,” Houser said. “One of the things we’re very proud of at Cafe Momentum is that it’s very chef-focused, but also very seasonal. and closes forward. So while we won’t be reproducing the menu verbatim because we want to use ingredients from local farms in and around Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, we will be reproducing a dish because it’s the first dish anyone one asked us in Pittsburgh, which kinda chuckles me is – we’ll have our smoked fried chicken there. It’s our signature dish here in Dallas. “Houser said the reason it makes him laugh is because coffee makes most food from scratch, but chicken seems like the better choice.” We make our own cheeses at Cafe Momentum, we break down whole animals and make our own charcuterie boards, we ferment pickles, age everything dry, everything is homemade, laying out our own pasta, but the dish we’re known for even in Pittsburgh is our fried chicken, so we’ “I’m excited to bring it,” Houser said. involving young people and involving the community in this is something very important,” Williams said.

Cafe Momentum, a fine-dining restaurant designed to help teens who have been in the criminal justice system, is slated to open in downtown Pittsburgh in August.

The restaurant was established in Dallas seven years ago by Chad Houser.

“Over the past seven years, we’ve worked with over 1,000 young people,” Houser said.

Cafe Momentum trains teens ages 15-19 to work in all aspects of the restaurant industry.

Houser said he came up with the concept when he realized, firsthand, that children in the justice system often needed a second chance.

Houser said the realization came as he volunteered to teach teenagers at a juvenile teething facility how to make ice cream for a competition.

“The moment I met these 8 young men, I realized I had stereotyped them before I met them and I was wrong,” Houser said. “I was incredibly ashamed of myself because I thought I was a better human being, but in the face of reality, literally face to face, I had nowhere to go, but I admit I was wrong. .

“That led to me spending the next few hours not only teaching them how to make ice cream, but also teaching me their truth, who they were and why they were. Two days later, they were competing against cooking of them wins the whole competition, he is so excited, he tells me that when he gets out of detention, he is going to work in a restaurant and he asked my professional chef if he should work at Wendy’s or Chili’s.”

Houser said he knew just getting hired would be difficult for teenagers who had been in the justice system. This, he said, is the impetus behind the cafe and the reason it is now expanding to Pittsburgh.

“Our purpose, our purpose, our mission is to serve our youth, that’s our intent, that’s our reason for being,” Houser said. “The goal is to bring value to our young people and beyond ourselves and I think that’s what really drew us to Pittsburgh, it’s that kind of integrity in which the community engage.”

“Just being able to be proud of myself is a big accomplishment for me,” said Tristyn Williams.

Williams completed the paid internship in Dallas.

“I’ve been involved with Cafe Momentum since the summer of 2019, fresh out of a juvenile rehabilitation center in Dallas,” Williams said.

Williams has since graduated from the program, but continues to work with Cafe Momentum and now plans to become a pastry chef. Homemade cinnamon buns are her specialty.

“It’s very important to be able to believe in myself and to have people behind me who believe in me because honestly I never would have thought of pursuing a career in the kitchen because I’m like, ‘This something what you do at home is a chore,” Williams said. But since I’ve been at the Café, I’ve found it to be a bonding experience and a way to get into something. ‘one else.”

Houser said the Dallas site now has its own high school. He said 100% of their young people are either on track to graduate or have already done so and a third are heading to college.

Houser said he hopes Pittsburgh will benefit in the same way as teenagers and customers in Dallas.

“Our restaurant in Dallas has been consistently ranked as one of the best restaurants in the city in the seven years we’ve been open and we’re intentional because it proves to the community and it also proves to young people that they can and will achieve the level of expectation that is set for them as long as we provide them with the tools, the resources and the opportunity to do so,” Houser said. “One of the things we are very proud of at Cafe Momentum is that it is very chef-focused, but it’s also very seasonal and farm-focused. So while we’re not going to reproduce the menu verbatim because we want to use ingredients from local farms in and around Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, a dish we will reproduce because it’s the first dish anyone one asked us about Pittsburgh, which makes me laugh a little is – we’ll have our smoked fried chicken there. It’s our signature dish here in Dallas.”

Houser said the reason it made him laugh was because coffee makes most of the food from scratch, but chicken seemed to be the top choice.

“We make our own cheeses at Café Momentum, we break down whole animals and make our own charcuterie boards, we ferment pickles, age it all, everything is homemade, rolling out our own pasta, but the dish for which we we’re known even in Pittsburgh, there’s our fried chicken, so we’re excited to bring it,” Houser said.

Houser said he’s also excited about the second chances he hopes the restaurant will bring to Pittsburgh teens like it did for Williams.

“Cafe Momentum is a great opportunity, finally a great second chance for young people involved in justice and involving the community in this is something very important,” Williams said.

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Rhythm Cafe one of 14 restaurants in Palm Beach County to get top ratings

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Restaurant inspections for Palm Beach County.

For the week of February 28 through March 6, state inspectors reported perfect inspections at these restaurants:

Eclectic cuisine1731 N. Federal Highway, Delray Beach.

Angle100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan.

Sweet cravings510 Lantana Road, Lantana.

Casa Grandview Bed And Breakfast1410 Georgia Ave, West Palm Beach.

Kentucky Fried Chicken3045 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach.

The Club at the Ibis8225 Ibis Boulevard, West Palm Beach.

Fairfield Inn & Suites West Palm Beach2045 Vista Parkway, West Palm Beach.

Rhythm Cafe3800 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach.

Royal Palm Ice Cream11328 Okeechobee Blvd., Royal Palm Beach.

panera bread11131 Southern Blvd., Royal Palm Beach.

Elly’s Great Impasta Catering1748 N. Australian Ave., Riviera Beach.

Anode Catering4047 Hood Road, Palm Beach Gardens.

Club Evergrene650 Evergrene Parkway, Palm Beach Gardens.

Catering4047 Hood Road, Palm Beach Gardens.

Palm Beach Post restaurant inspection data is obtained from the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation. For more details on restaurant inspections, visit the Palm Beach Post Restaurant Inspection App by clicking here.

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Hello Boba Café opens on 3rd Street in downtown Macon

The theme is pink cherry blossoms with K-pop and anime features.

MACON, Ga. — Something new is coming to downtown Macon, and its theme is perfect for the Pinkest Party on Earth.

Hello Boba Café opens in just a few weeks. Owner Renee Tu grew up on Boba, Massachusetts, but when she moved to Macon about seven years ago, she was nowhere to be found.

“A lot of people I’ve talked to go to Atlanta to get their boba…I was doing it from home because I can’t go to Atlanta every time I need a dose of boba” , said Tu. “I decided to do my own.”

She first started doing taste tests with her friends and family, and they loved it.

“We got such great feedback that we decided to do a brick and mortar, but then COVID came along, which delayed a few years,” Tu said.

In October 2021, she and her husband were driving downtown when they saw a building on 3rd Street that would be perfect for a Boba cafe.

They signed the lease in November. But, due to COVID, shipping issues delayed their opening. Now the wait is almost over!

Hello Boba will serve milk tea and fruit drinks with different toppings like fruit jellies, popping Boba, herb jelly, red bean and more. They will also sell Asian snacks that you won’t find in many places in central Georgia.

The theme is pink cherry blossoms with K-pop and anime features.

They will offer free Wi-Fi for customers, a conference room for rent, board games, a projector for movie nights or cartoon premieres, game nights, tables for children and manga books to read.

If you’ve never tried boba, they plan to sell flights with a few different flavors.

The cafe is located at 359 3rd St. If all goes well, they could be open by Monday. Follow them on social media to stay up to date.

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New Richmond Cafe Teleports Visitors to Hong Kong in the 90s

Neon signs hanging above an outdoor patio and images of Hong Kong in the 1990s are all meant to bring a sense of nostalgia to those visiting a new Richmond cafe and restaurant.

The Happy Hong Kong Café, located on Bridgeport Road, just across from Costco Richmond, is a new addition to the city’s foodie map.

Hong Kong-style cafe, also called “cha chaan teng” in Cantonese, is a type of restaurant that originated in Hong Kong and offers Hong Kong and Western fusion cuisines.

Ken Li, owner of Happy Hong Kong Café, said the restaurant aims to remind customers who have lived or been to Hong Kong what it was like in the 1990s.

“There are a lot of immigrants from Hong Kong, young and old, who sometimes miss the food industry environment and atmosphere there, and I want to bring that nostalgia back to them,” Li said, adding that he also hopes to share some of the “Hong Kong environment” with those who have never been there.

“I opened this cafe mainly because I love food, I like to share my cooking practices with others, and I want Hong Kong-style cafe culture to continue.”

Li told the Richmond News that while Hong Kong-style cafes are known for being “cheap and quick-serve” places, they are so much more than that.

“I don’t want people to feel like these types of cafes are just fast food restaurants,” he said.

In fact, they’re best known for being laid-back places where people can hang out and catch up with friends over a meal, Li said.

“Richmond has a huge Asian community, and what I know is that a lot of Asians and Westerners tend to have high standards when it comes to food in this city.”

When asked what prompted him to open a new cafe during the pandemic, Li said opening a cafe in unprecedented times not only showed his passion for food and his own business, but also allowed him to test the waters and see how his restaurant would be. has received.

“You can take time to get used to the way things are, figure out what will work and what won’t, and change and adapt from there.”

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Cafe Alfresco in Brewster opens and thrives during the pandemic

BREWSTER — How did a former sales manager and former culinary director working at a nursing and assisted living home come to own and operate a restaurant on Cape Cod?

Homemade hot peppers were part of the equation, according to James Barber, who along with Chris Carlson are the new owners of Café Alfresco.

When they worked together at The Woodlands in Pleasant Bay, Barber brought Carlson a pot of his family’s homemade hot peppers. They tweaked the recipe and began selling them as “Caprino’s Peppers”, a combination of Barber’s children’s names, Capri and Marino.

The peppers took off and sold out at Farmers’ Markets in Barnstable and Provincetown. At their peak, they were selling 300 pots a day, Barber said.

Christopher Carlson, third from left, and James Barber, fourth from left, are the new owners of Cafe Alfresco in Brewster.  Adrienne Jones, left, is the wife of Christopher Carlson.  Their son is Soren Jones-Carlson, 14, second from left.  Danielle Barber, right, is the wife of James Barber.  Their children are Capri Barber, 9, second from right, and Marino Barber, 6.  Merrily Cassidy/Cape Cod Times

When the pandemic hit, both men found themselves out of work. But it gave them a chance to turn the dream they were talking about into reality.

Now the men own and run Café Alfresco in Brewster. It was owned by the Clark family from 1993 to 2021. From 1988 to 1993 the restaurant was known as Pronzo’s Café.

“Our priority is, and always will be, hospitality and coffee history,” Barber said.

Barber answers more questions about the new venture:

How did you fund the business? Together we made the down payment from our savings and financed the rest of the business through Eastern Bank.

How long after opening your doors did your business turn a profit and how did you celebrate? We closed the business on June 1, 2021, closed for a month to carry out much-needed renovations, and reopened on July 5. The business we bought was started by the Clark family of Brewster in 1993, so our biggest challenge was to follow in their footsteps to make the community happy. Instantly we made a profit based on the recognition of the company’s name. We celebrated with a high-five and enjoyed a sunset at Paine’s Creek Beach.

What was the most difficult obstacle to overcome in starting the business? The most difficult hurdle was ensuring that we were connected to the community and its residents year-round. Additionally, we have made some changes to the menu, reducing the menu and adding a range of acai bowls and smoothies, which are very popular.

A Portobello mushroom sandwich is one of the menu items at Cafe Alfresco in Brewster, pictured February 27, 2022. Merrily Cassidy/Cape Cod Times

Who do you consider your biggest competitor and why? The seasons, with early spring and winter presenting the greatest challenges. The population decreases and traffic drops by more than 60%. Grumpy’s in Dennis is our biggest competitor due to its proximity. Chris and I are both huge Grumpy’s fans!

How did you grow the business? We’ve updated menu choices and added take-out dinners on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. We are constantly in touch with the community via Facebook and Instagram, and partner with local businesses and organizations on catering events. Our reviews on Google, Trip Advisor and Yelp since we opened have been excellent. In today’s restaurant climate, many people make buying decisions based on reviews. Plus, location, location, location. We have 155 parking spaces behind our building located in the heart of Lemon Tree Village, Brewster’s busiest shopping district. We have more parking spaces than any other restaurant in Brewster.

Because of our experience in the senior living industry, we started an initiative last fall by doing free dinner deliveries for local Brewster seniors who are having difficulty leaving their homes. JT’s Seafood and Apt Cape Cod helped us with deliveries. We couldn’t be more grateful to have wonderful restaurant neighbors.

What is your best-selling menu item(s)? Nutty Acai Bowl, Green Machine Smoothie, Portuguese Sailor and Italian Stallion Breakfast Sandwiches as well as Calabrian, Roma, Portobello and our Turkey Club Panino.

The falafel wrap is one of the menu items at Cafe Alfresco in Brewster.  The wrap is made with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, feta dressing, olives and hummus.  Merrily Cassidy/Cape Cod Times

How would you react if a similar business opened nearby? How could you handle the increased competition? Recently another breakfast/lunch place opened 3 miles away. Luckily, we haven’t seen a drop in business, and customers who have tried the new location keep coming back to us. Café Alfresco is woven into the fabric of the Brewster community with 30 years of excellent food and service behind it.

Do you plan to develop the restaurant, and if so, how will you do it? What will the focus be on as you grow? We increased our profits through online ordering, something that had never been offered before we arrived. Our main goal is to bring a food truck behind the Café from 3pm to 9pm as well as to open an additional scaled down version of Café Alfresco in another town in Cape Town.

Are your employees involved in day-to-day decisions? Yes! The kitchen collaborates on daily and weekend specials and the reception team is a group of young employees who constantly come up with creative coffee drinks, smoothies and variations of our famous acai bowls.

Contact Denise Coffey at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter: @DeniseCoffeyCCT.

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Sauce Magazine – The owners of Buenos Aires Café will open this spring the Fariñas restaurant in the former Mango Peruvian Cuisine space

The owners of the Buenos Aires Café will open the Fariñas restaurant in the former Mango Peruvian Cuisine space this spring

In late March or early April, Buenos Aires Café owners Oscar and Ainara Fariña will open a new concept in the former Mango Peruvian Cuisine space (1001 Washington Ave.) called Fariñas Restaurant. Oscar Fariña described the restaurant as an “open concept steakhouse”.

“The meats we’ll be cooking will be Argentinian-style on something we call a stone grill,” Fariña explained. “My other restaurant has some of the concepts – Gauchos Steakhouse in Fairview Heights. We’re going to focus on steaks, but do foods from all over. It’s a good steakhouse with a different variety of foods from around the world.

Fariña emphasized that the restaurant will be a family affair. “It’s a project between two brothers,” he said. “Me and my brother [Oswaldo] are united forces. He’s a very capable chef and he’s moving from Vegas to St. Louis so he can do a restaurant with me. Fariña added that he was from Miami and his wife, Ainara, would own alongside him and Oswaldo.

Fariña said he was looking for a location on Washington Avenue and this space stood out because it was previously a restaurant, which made the transition easier. “There are sort of two different dining rooms. One looks more like a bar and the other looks more spacious,” Fariña said. “We are going to separate it, like two concepts in the same restaurant. One will be a little more upscale, and the other will look like a bar. He added that the bar will have televisions, but the dining room will not.

At the moment, the Fariñas are planning dinner service from Tuesday to Saturday. “We are struggling to hire people. We don’t even know if we will have a bartender,” Fariña said. But once the bar is up and running, they offer wine, beer, margaritas, sangria, and cocktails.

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New Giving Back Cafe in Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — A new cafe opened in Wichita on Sunday, and they’re already giving back to the community.

Mokas Cafe was founded in Salina, Kansas nearly 15 years ago. The opening of this cafe will be their third location in Kansas. Their menu includes coffee, espressos, iced drinks, non-coffee drinks, smoothies, sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups, pastries, a kids menu, and all-day breakfast.

April Beevers, operating partner of Moka Restaurant, says the cafe is “a whole new take on coffee.”

“We really pride ourselves on our service and how everything looks and tastes and the atmosphere. I want it to be fun, a good place to meet, study, a place where people even work. C So it’s different. I’m in love with it,” Beevers said.

A press release sent out by Wichita’s Littlest Heroes says that in the cafe’s first month of operation, they will donate 10% of all sales of 16- and 20-ounce “specialty hot beverages” to the charity. non-profit.

“We therefore join forces with [Wichita’s] The little heroes. I’m really passionate about it. I was so happy we decided to do it,” Beevers said. “It just shows that we care. It shows that we are there. You know, we want to give things to the community and pair up with people. It’s like coffee. That’s exactly what coffee is. Sit down, share stories, share life experiences.

Moka’s will feature earnings from Wichita’s Littlest Heroes in 30 days.

Where coffee is more than just a cup of coffee: For many of us, this is the start of our day. For others, it’s something we enjoy when we’re in good company. Although it may seem like a small delicacy, coffee holds a special place in our lives. At Mokas Cafe, we honor this idea by combining excellence and connectivity in every cup we brew. When you buy a cup of our coffee, you’re not just buying a drink, you’re starting a journey.

Coffee Mochas

You can find the cafe in the Delano District at 143 N McLean Blvd, near the intersection of Sycamore and McLean Blvd.

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The Complete Coffee Leveling Guide and Tips

Blue Archives is a RPG gamedevelopped by NAT Games and managed by Nexon on the world stage. It’s a collectible waifu game, with animated CGs featuring a solid story. Blue Archive has a lot of complicated features and functions, coffee being one of them, so here is a brief guide for it.

Introducing Blue Archive Coffee

The cafe is a housing system where players can decorate it as they wish with various themes and furniture and even interact with students to increase their affection. Cafe also provides passive gold income as well as AP for players.

Coffee comfort level

Furniture that is placed in the coffee increases the overall comfort of the coffee, which in turn increases the production rate of AP and gold. This comfort level has an upper limit which can be further increased by upgrading the cafe to the next rank.

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Some furniture has a fixed effect that can provide additional comfort when certain conditions are met. The comfort bonus obtained in this way through the set effect can reach 1500, which makes it very important for efficient coffee leveling.


Players can also increase affection by giving characters gifts of all kinds. Gifts can be obtained mainly from Crafts, events and achievements. Characters generally accept all kinds of gifts offered by the player, however, they have particular favorite gifts that will give more affection points.

Use the Present box Drag the gifts near the characters and their expression will tell you how much they love the gift. A happy face means the gift is among one of their favorites, alternatively, a semi-happy face means it is not their favorite. Gifts are pretty easy to get, but it can take some time, so try to acquire the ones your characters like best.

Increase Obligation Level in Blue Archive

Each day a random group of students will visit the coffee twice a day, where you can interact with them by tapping on them, to increase their level of affection. There is a 4 hour recharge time after the last interaction before you can interact with them again, meaning any character can interact a maximum 4 times before the daily reset.

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The maximum number of students that can visit the cafe at one time depends on the rank of the cafe, so try to level up as soon as possible. Since the set of students who come to the café are random, players can also invite a specific character to the café whenever they feel like it, to quickly increase affection. However, there is a 20 hour cooldown on the invite feature, so basically only one character can be invited each day before the daily reset.

Increase Cafe Ranking in Blue Archive

Coffee can be upgraded to the next level by consuming Coffee Equipment Cores, these cores are limited and can be obtained by clearing specific stages mainly from (3-5,6-5,9-5..) and so on, which means from every third mission but on the last act. As the story progresses, more stages will unlock and offer better chances of getting the cores.

coffee inventory blue archive
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Currently there is 5 cafe equipment cores which are available in the latest update, so try to get them all. Raising the coffee ranking will provide better benefits, including:

  • The increase in the production rate of Gold and AP as well as increasing the maximum upper limit for them
  • Increase the maximum number of students who can visit the cafe at any time.
  • Increase the maximum upper limit for comfortwhich will provide better flexibility for furniture decoration.
  • Increase the maximum furniture tag, this tag shows how many pieces of furniture from a particular set are currently placed in the cafe. When more beacons are unlocked, players will be able to refill furniture from another set to increase overall comfort

Final Thoughts

Coffee not only gives the ability to increase student affection, but it will also provide a good chunk of passively generated resources, which are crucial for farming materials and character building, among other things. Once you get a Coffee Equipment Core, be sure to use it for the rank upgrade.

That’s it for today’s Blue Archive Cafe Leveling guide. Did you find our blue archives coffee leveling guide useful? Let us know in the comments!

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Hebron honors the retirement of Mark and Glenna Jones as owners of Clay’s Café

On Sunday afternoon, the Hebron community celebrated the retirement of Mark and Glenna Jones, longtime owners of Clay’s Café.

Linda Nicodemus, director of zoning for the village and close friend of the owners, presented an official proclamation that Hebron will recognize February 20 as “Mark and Glenna Jones Day”. The proclamation honors their 25 years of service supporting local businesses, celebrating music and art, and bringing families together over homemade sandwiches, pizza, stromboli and ice cream. They hired over 1,000 local high school students, keeping a meticulous record of everyone. Perhaps most importantly, at Sunday’s retirement party, they picked up the daintiest ice cream cones you’ve ever seen––each cone was two inches high––and donated them to their community. beloved.

“We are very honored and grateful for all the customers we have had over the years, grateful for the staff,” Glenna said. “It wasn’t a two-person show, just Mark and I. Our families, loyal customers and staff really made it possible.”

Mark and Glenna Jones, longtime owners of Clay's Café, receive a proclamation from Hebron honoring their service to the community.  The couple have retired as owners of the beloved restaurant.

The parking lot next to Clay’s was bustling in the unusually hot February sun, as old friends and families stopped to enjoy ice cream and snacks, share stories and laugh with retirees.

“It’s starting to sink in,” said retired Mark Jones. He plans to spend more time rebuilding his classic car: a 1972 Pontiac Le Mans. “I could do a few day trips, but I really want to spend more time with the grandkids.”

Glenna looks forward to relaxing and continuing her community support, including volunteer work with LifeWise Academy, a Bible study program for elementary school students. Maybe she will also help her husband with the Pontiac; she joked that Mark had to get his old car out of the garage so it could park.

During the week leading up to this celebration, the community followed on Facebook, reading daily stories in the “10 Days of Mark and Glenna Jones” series. These stories shared one thing in common: family.

In 1934, the original ice cream business was first opened across the street by newlyweds Dorothy Hamilton and Earl Cummins. Dorothy and Earl’s father moved to the current lot and built an ice cream building out of cement blocks. In 1936 they opened their business which eventually evolved into Clay’s Café. Their first promotion, a newspaper ad offering “free ice cream cones” to celebrate their grand opening, sparked a tradition of weekend treats for local families.

In the 1940s they briefly closed and transformed into the “Cummins Ice Cream Store”. The small store started selling groceries, and Earl Cummins secured a local milk delivery route to support the business. As popularity grew in the 1960s, they added an indoor ice cream counter and appliance store. After more than 40 years, the Cummins family finally retired and sold the property in 1977.

In 1979, after the store went through a brief period of inactivity, Evelyn and Sherm Clay (Glenna’s parents) bought the seized store at a sheriff’s auction and gave it a new name: “Country Fair Foods”. They started out selling only groceries, eventually adding ice cream using old Cummins machines. Evelyn started making hot sandwiches, then Glenna’s brother Phil designed ‘the Pizza Barn’, expanding their menu. Evelyn and Sherm operated until their retirement in 1997.

For a decade before Mark and Glenna returned to Hebron and took over the restaurant, they owned “The Sandwich Shack”, a similar business in West Virginia. When the time came, they pledged to keep their family business intact, acquiring “Country Fair Foods” and changing the name to “Clay’s Cafe.”

“Mark and I wanted to be the best business owners we could be,” said Glenna, a longtime Hebron resident. “We wanted a family and fun place.

They updated the property, creating a 10-year plan to add restrooms and parking, revamp the electrical and plumbing systems, and remodel the kitchen at the back of the building. While working to support the store’s growing popularity, Mark and Glenna also raised three children.

The Hebron community celebrated the retirement of Mark and Glenna Jones from Clay's Cafe on Sunday, February 20.

Towards the end of their 10-year plan in 2007, the Café held a street festival in its parking lot. Glenna remembers being told “you should do this every year,” so they created a tradition: Between 2008 and 2016, Mark and Glenna hosted the Hebron Music & Arts Festival. They also created the Hebron Business Association to support their peers in small businesses.

“We’re not spring chickens anymore,” Mark and Glenna said when discussing the sale of the business. The Jones couple had been in the restaurant business together for over 35 years and it was time to move on. Joshua Powell, 31, worked at Clay’s from 2005 to 2008 and had a strong relationship with the owners.

Alongside his Hawaii native partner, Joey Vericella, Joshua is the new owner of Clay’s Cafe. They intend to preserve the community bond by continuing the Café’s longstanding support of Hebron’s Lakewood T-Ball league and the many other groups they sponsor. Joshua also noted plans to replace some of the flooring and, more importantly, to retain the name and family history of Clay’s Café.

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‘Bringing communities together’: MSU faculty to open bookstore, cafe and wine bar

Hooked: a cafe, wine bar and bookstore all rolled into one. Owned and imagined by MSU professors Matt Grossmann and Sarah Reckhow, the store is slated to open in the spring.

The couple first met in California, where the wine scene was big and independent cafes were easy to find. Years later, after moving to Michigan, they took a sabbatical in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where they remembered Lansing’s lack of cafes and wine bars. If that wasn’t enough, they returned home to find that two of their local bookstores had closed.

From there, the idea of ​​”Hooked” was born.

“That’s kind of when the idea started to shift from just an idea that we were talking about in a very casual way to something that we tried to actually create,” Reckhow said.

Because it’s a combination of three niche interests, they hope Hooked’s vibe will change throughout the day.

“A bit brighter coffee feeling during the day,” Reckhow said. “But switch to a little more wine bar in the evening.”

The store will also inevitably serve different audiences throughout the day due to its location. It is located at 3142 E. Michigan Ave., Suite F in Lansing, but is still less than a mile from campus.

“We really want to accommodate this very wide range of communities,” Reckhow said. “Everyone from seniors to college students to people like us who have kids.”

The cafe will still serve cappuccinos or your favorite vanilla lattes, but the focus will be on encouraging customers to try new things. The couple will often host wine tastings and offer monthly subscriptions to try different coffees and wines.

“We hope this will provide a community space for people to explore new interests,” Reckhow said. “Learn new subjects, taste and try new things and meet and gather.”

Once you get past the store’s beverage section, Grossmann says you’ll be surrounded by 10,000 pounds. The selection will largely consist of books of general interest, but the couple still intend to draw inspiration from their own interests.

“We want to be able to have MSU faculty books actually available for sale,” Reckhow said. “Bringing communities together is part of our goal.

As political scientists, Reckhow said there would also be a section specializing in current affairs, more than the average bookstore. They will also feature a wide selection of Michigan authors.

Hooked is still under construction but is tentatively scheduled to open on April 19. The bar and tables will be constructed from wood purchased from MSU’s Forestry Department. The college ties reflect the couple’s desire to connect Lansing to the college community.

“We’re also hoping it serves as a kind of connector,” Grossmann said. “For this to end up being a space where students feel welcome, retirees as well, and I think that’s going to be hard to do, but I think we’re kind of in a good position to do that.”

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“They want to participate” – Disability Staff Library Café | Local News

Kathy Liscum wants to change the way the world looks at people with disabilities.

“We want them to see that everyone has something to offer,” she said.

Cody Pardners, a new non-profit organization operating out of the Cody Library Coffee Space, is designed to give adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to work in a supportive environment. The men and women who volunteer with Cody Pardners at Pardners Cafe have proven they can function in society for a lifetime.

“They want to participate like everyone else,” said mentor Laura Long. “It gives them a chance to be social, to meet people, to feel productive and to be part of the community.”

Liscum runs the business in a very organized way. The Pardners arrive at the library cafe around 9 a.m. each weekday morning, then register at three different workstations. Liscum tries to have a mentor on duty with a Pardner on every shift. They are all working on setting up the self-service coffee bar, which is free to the public.

Liscum won’t have one-trick ponies in his operation, forcing every Pardner to work every position.

“There is only a learning curve in life,” said mentor Becky Follweiler.

At this point, no one in the organization is being paid, but she hopes they can get to a point where a manager will receive compensation.

Before the Pardners started working at the library cafe, they cooked a few dinners at the Heritage Bakery. They also ran a few scenarios to prepare for the customer interaction they would be engaging in.

Garrett Long, 22, prefers working as a coffee shop cashier because he enjoys interacting with the public. Long is a busy guy, also working at the Cody Rec Center as part of an internship, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West as a high school class, and his family’s Crossed Sabers Ranch.

“He loves being around people,” Liscum said. “And he loves interacting with people, so he’s kind of in his element at the counter.”

When it comes to customer service, Long said her goal is to treat everyone “well.” Laura Long, his mother, is one of the mentors and by his side every shift.

Liscum said once people with developmental challenges graduate from high school, there are few resources and opportunities for them, especially in rural communities like Park County. She says she knows many families who have left the area because of this lack of services.

But many of these adults still remain

Partners and mentors each commit to working at least one three-hour shift per week.

Pardner Westy Kline works four days a week for the entire shift. She said she preferred working in the kitchen and cleaning tables. Cody Pardners is the 41-year-old’s first job ever.

“I love the job and I love doing it and having fun,” she said.

The cafe offers bagels and cream cheese, homemade parfaits and cookies, and other snacks. For Valentine’s Day they had specialty items like “Cupid’s Float”, strawberry smoothies and hand pies. In the future, they hope to move into making espressos and selling pet treats.

On a recent morning earlier this month, Liscum told Garrett Long how to hand a meal order ticket to fellow Pardner Micah Follweiler, 41, who then took the ticket back to the kitchen to prepare.

Follweiler’s mother, Becky Follweiler, is one of the main mentors and the kitchen manager. She said her son approached each shift with enthusiasm, waking up much earlier than usual on the days he worked. This is not his first try in the restaurant business, having also worked at Arby’s.

“I feel confident here,” he said.

The Follweilers’ client was Melissa Ferrell, who also works at the Park County Complex in the Department of Family Services. In her own work, she interacts with many people with developmental issues.

“I think it’s very important. There are a lot of communities that don’t have anything to offer other than isolation-type programs, and that’s something where it allows the community to also see what they can do to help them and what adults with special needs can do for the community,” Ferrell mentioned.

As the morning continued and the sparrows gathered at the feeders outside the cafe windows, customers began to fill the tables inside.

Rick Heasler came over from Powell to grab a blueberry muffin and hang out sketching in the cafe, sitting with a front-row view of snow-encrusted Heart Mountain.

“I think it’s fantastic,” Heasler said of the Cody Pardners project. “It works very easily in a place like this.”

Liscum said Cody Pardners will continue its gradual expansion to ensure long-term stability.

The community has already mobilized to support the group in various ways. The VFW donated $1,100 and the public donated $600. A few different companies have signed up to sponsor the Pardners Coffee and Tea Bar at the library. When the compressors on a commercial refrigerator in the kitchen collapsed shortly after the Pardners started, Park County commissioners didn’t hesitate to cover the repair costs. The Pardners also got a great deal on soda products from Pepsi and are getting a specially designed blend from Cody Coffee.

“We haven’t seen anyone say no to anything,” Liscum said.

Liscum said the library also recently announced that Cody Pardners will be receiving donations from its summer reading program this year.

On day one, Pardners was open to the public, they didn’t charge for any product, but the community supported them with $91 in donations that day.

The cafe space has been a source of frustration for the county in recent years, with three different tenants having now occupied the space for the past four years, and a period of almost two years when the space was completely empty.

Liscum is optimistic that a nonprofit approach could be the answer the space needs to find a long-term occupant. She has much bigger plans to help adults with developmental difficulties in the future, but for now is focused on growing Cody Pardners bit by bit.

“If you build it, they will come,” she said.

Staff at Pardners Cafe began serving customers on February 1 and are planning an opening party on March 4. The non-profit organization Pardners will soon be looking for more volunteers and is already looking for more mentors. Liscum is also looking for volunteer Sous Chefs who are willing to volunteer their time on occasion.

“Running with a fairly small squad, that’s all we can do to get it out and get it in order,” Liscum said.

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Getting to Know Just Love Coffee Café in Murfreesboro

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Just Love Coffee Café goes beyond traditional specialty coffee by encouraging customers to bring their children to this welcoming space – complete with classic arcade games – to create a fun and exciting atmosphere for all ages. Team members have worked to create an atmosphere that transcends the café, from the charitable nature of the café’s brand and the inclusiveness of its design, to the openness of the space to a wide variety of social activities. and independent. This includes the playful nature of the menu, which really creates a memorable experience.

When was your business launched?

“We opened Just Love Coffee Café in November 2011. Our founder and CEO, Rob Webb, and his wife, Emily, had made the decision to adopt. They already had two beautiful children, Isabel and Charlie, but the call to adopt was obvious.So, in 2009, Rob was on a flight to Ethiopia to meet his newly adopted children when he had an inspiring idea – a real light bulb moment you would say – while adding up the expenses of the adoption journey and learned about the sacrifice and challenges of others who had been in the same situation.”

Jason Smith, Master Roaster at Just Love Coffee Roasters, releases freshly roasted coffee beans from the roaster to be cooled and examined, Tuesday, March 29, 2016.

What originally prompted this type of business idea?

“The idea of ​​roasting coffee was something that Rob was fascinated with and was getting pretty good at, so he thought, ‘What if I started a business roasting coffee beans by hand as a for profit company that existed to help others? So he decided to start a business dedicated to using hand-roasted coffees to help others whose passion was simply to just love.”

How do your products improve the lives of your customers?

“We provide excellent quality coffee roasted right here in our facility and serve delicious food all day. We have a warm and comfortable environment for our customers and we just want to share the love!”

What makes you different from other cafes?

“Our core values ​​are: Be Authentic. Be Great. Be a Catalyst for Love. It’s what drives everything we do!”

Did you launch the business as a start-up or did you raise funds?

“Through online ordering – funded one bag of coffee at a time.”

how do you define success? What have you learned through this process that can help the next business owner coming to Rutherford County?

“The online coffee business has been remarkably successful in its first year, enabling Rob to donate nearly $100,000 to families and prove that a socially responsible business can work. Our business continues to grow. grow to date.We have expanded our operations and grown from an 800 square foot space to a much larger warehouse space here in Murfreesboro, and we now have over 20 franchises across the United States and 27 more will be opening soon.We know that Murfreesboro and Rutherford County are wonderful supporters and passionate about helping others.

Tell us something about your business that you think would be interesting for the masses to discover.

“Rob grew up in Murfreesboro, has a master’s degree in classical music performance, has done audio engineering, and is known occasionally to DJs. He’s creative, kind, and compassionate.”

A sign hangs next to the coffee bean roaster at Just Love Coffee Roasters on Tuesday March 29, 2016


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Mugshare: Vancouver’s reusable cup program at local cafes

A barrier-free accessible program available at many popular Vancouver restaurants and cafes.

A new tax aimed at discouraging Vancouverites from ordering takeout drinks in disposable cups took effect on January 1, 2022, and for many it has been a source of great frustration.

Implemented during a pandemic, when most companies continue to suspend their reusable cup programs, the fee puts 25 cents per cup directly back into company coffers, compensation that doesn’t appear to further the cause of sustainability. .

For those who like to grab a cup of coffee or tea on the go, however, the return of a Vancouver operation that allows customers to “rent” or “share” the use of a reusable, returnable mug from several city ​​businesses, could be a welcome solution to the cost-cutting conundrum – and sustainability.

Mugshare, which began in 2016 when a group of UBC students banded together to fight their rampant collective consumption of disposable cups, has been revived, and the program is gaining momentum in popular cafes across Vancouver.

How Mugshare works is very simple: you buy a Mugshare-branded reusable cup for a $5 deposit at a participating coffee shop. Enjoy your drink on the spot, or take it with you. You can keep it and exchange it for a clean one when you buy another drink at the same place or at another participating business. Or, you can return your Mugshare mug and get your $5 deposit back.

If you lose your cup, that’s okay – you just won’t get your $5 back. Mugshare, however, encourages participants to return their mugs, so that other people can use the inventory. Damaged mugs cannot be returned, but make sure you always drop the mug off so Mugshare can ensure the mug is properly recycled. And if you’re concerned about cleanliness, fear not: all Mugshare mugs are treated like regular tableware, meaning they’re cleaned and sanitized between each use.

Currently, 13 Vancouver businesses are participating in a collection of 17 restaurants and cafes, including popular spots like Cartems Donuts, Di Beppe and Dalina. An additional cafe in Kelowna is also part of the Mugshare program. The full list of locations and a map are offered online for easy reference.

Tried Mugshare recently, taking my mug and an Americano to go from Continental Coffee on Commercial Drive. Just down the block from Rosemary Rocksalt, I was able to easily put my mug back on and get a fresh cup of tea in a clean Mugshare mug to go with my rainbow bagel. I still have my mug and will be trading it to another coffee shop in Vancouver soon. It was really easy to join the program; there are posters at the counter promoting the program.

Mughsare is also helping Vancouver’s most vulnerable residents by providing what they call “community cups” at each partner facility. These cups are available upon request to anyone for whom the $5 is a barrier to participating in the program. The Mugshare team is committed to ensuring that the program is accessible to everyone, which is why they have not based the program on a smartphone app.

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The Phantom Cafe brings gourmet comfort food to Frankfort Avenue

A restaurant on Frankfort Avenue serves classic southern dishes and adds a modern twist. Phantom Cafe Modern Eatery & Catering Company is run by Chef Nick Bean. Bean moved to New York in 2020 with the goal of becoming a multi-starred chef Michelin. Shortly after his arrival, the pandemic hit and brought Bean back to Louisville. It was then that he started the Phantom Cafe, doing pop-ups and catering. The restaurant now offers a variety of café-style sandwiches, wraps and salads. sourced ingredients and southern dishes incorporating modern cooking techniques. The food is served in a take away box but looks like nothing less than a gourmet meal. Presentation is everything according to Bean. He said people eat with their eyes first. “Just the level of cooking that I admire. I want to achieve a Michelin star one day with that said, even if it’s just sandwiches, I want to make a sandwich at the highest level, you can possibly make a sandwich. “According to our partners at Louisville Business First, the 2,500 square foot space was once home to Boujie Biscuit – a popular handmade cookie concept – which has suspended operations in Louisville and will instead focus on its new restaurant at 10 Johnson Ave. in Indianapolis. He is the chef, the dishwasher, the waiter, the cashier, etc. He said he doesn’t mind because his passion is to share his food with others. “Like I really love it, you know. I’ve done it for so long for others, trying to progress. Now it’s all up to me. Just not wanting to go back to where I came from that allows me to go on a lot.” Phantom Cafe is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. To view the menu, click here.

A restaurant on Frankfort Avenue serves classic southern dishes and adds a modern twist.

The Phantom Cafe Modern Eatery & Catering Company is run by Chef Nick Bean.

Bean moved to New York in 2020 with the goal of becoming a multi-Michelin-starred chef. Shortly after his arrival, the pandemic hit and brought Bean back to Louisville.

That’s when he started Phantom Cafe, doing pop-ups and catering.

The restaurant now offers a variety of café style sandwiches, wraps and salads.

Bean said he focuses on local ingredients and southern dishes incorporating modern cooking techniques.

The food is served in a take out box but looks like a gourmet meal.

Presentation is everything according to Bean. He said people eat with their eyes first.

“Just the level of cooking that I admire. I want to get a Michelin star one day with that said, even if it’s just sandwiches, I want to make a sandwich at the highest level, you can possibly make a sandwich.”

According to our partners at Louisville Business First, the 2,500 square foot space was once home to Boujie Biscuit — a popular homemade cookie concept — which has suspended operations in Louisville and will instead focus on its new restaurant at 10 Johnson Ave. in Indianapolis.

Bean has seating in the dining room for people who can’t wait to eat their food, but it operates primarily as a take-out outlet.

Bean is a one man show. He is the chef, dishwasher, busboy, cashier, etc.

He said he didn’t mind because his passion was to share his food with others.

“I really, really, really love what I do,” Bean said. “Like I really love it, you know. I’ve done it for so long for others, trying to progress. Now it’s all up to me. Just not wanting to go back to where I came from that allows me to continue a plot.”

The Phantom Cafe is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.

To view the menu, click here.

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Baltimore cafe owner ‘will carry on’ despite COVID hurdles

The pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on black businesses, exacerbating the barriers people of color already face. Black homeownership rates fell the most of any racial group — 41% between February and April 2020, according to a report by the House Committee on Small Business. According to the report, small black-owned businesses experienced more financial hardship during the mandatory closures; are concentrated in major cities where COVID-19 rates tend to be higher; and had more barriers to accessing federal Paycheck Protection Program loans. And while some black-owned businesses are recovering, others are still trying to hold on.

This is the case of Terence Dickson, owner of the Terra Cafe in Baltimore. When we last spoke with him in November 2020, he had just secured a PPP loan after being rejected earlier that year, receiving just over half of the $65,000 he requested. After more than a year, the Terra Cafe and Dickson have seen almost it all – from COVID restrictions and omicron surges to supply chain issues and inflated merchandise prices. But Dickson remains hopeful and believes his restaurant needs to stay strong through the turmoil.

“Marketplace” host Amy Scott sits down with Terence Dickson to discuss how his business has stayed afloat over the past year. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.

Amy Scott: So how’s business?

Terence Dickson: Business is great. Well, you know, when I say “awesome”, guess what? The lights are always on, okay? We still have morale. We get a win every once in a while. But we definitely take a few pieces here.

Scott: Trying to stay positive though, it seems.

Dickson: Hey, you must be. You must be.

Scott: So the last time we spoke – oh, it’s been over a year – and I don’t think anyone thought we’d still be here with the pandemic, you know, keeping people home, mask mandates still in place in many cities. How did you adapt?

Dickson: I tell you what, it was very difficult. One of the things is, you know, we started with the garden of jerks [selling jerk chicken]. You opened up with me about this last time. And it was phenomenal. I mean, we had jazz every Monday night. It was a place where people could really release that COVID fatigue, which I think is plaguing everyone right now. I think everyone is fed up. But, with everything going on with the weather, it was 86-ed very fast. You know, we started getting these 10s and these frosts, and you just couldn’t make it outside. So I had to bring him back inside.

Scott: I want to ask you about inflation, because everyone who, you know, buys food knows that prices have gone up. How does this affect your business? And how are you adapting?

Dickson: Well, I’ll tell you, as Fat Joe says, “yesterday’s prices certainly aren’t today’s prices”. You know what I mean? Let me give you a small 1, 2, 3: labor costs have certainly almost doubled. We had to come up with completely new concepts on how to pay people. Tipping will no longer suffice. Even with the tip, there’s a lot of downtime. You know, you can’t have someone come hang out with you all day and walk away with $10. It just doesn’t work. And then our food costs are just ridiculous. Because of the shipping and stuff and the scam, you know, a case of chicken wings that was $42 last year is now $190. A case of cups that costs $30 costs $85. And it’s not just that the prices are high. Because of the shortage, if you have any, you have no choice. You don’t have to take the hit once; you better have two cases, because you don’t know when you’re gonna give them another chance.

Scott: Or if prices will go up further.

Dickson: Yes, it really empowered a lot of people but still crushed some communities. You know, if you’re here in Baltimore, you know the diversity. For some reason you see how small businesses are closing left and right. And one of the things that I’ve noticed right now is that not only small businesses, but you have, like Subways, you have 7-Elevens – they’re closing. So when you have big franchises that, you know, just [have] a bunch of controls here to make them awesome and they close, it’s really kind of like a bulletin of what’s going on here in the city right now.

Scott: Have you ever thought you might have to close?

Dickson: Never never. If I have to reduce and sell a sub a day, we will continue. Because, you see, it’s bigger than a restaurant here at Terra Cafe. You know, it’s just not McDonald’s. We don’t pass burgers over the counter. What we represent here is “Black awesome”. And understand, Terra Cafe isn’t there just by being a star. We have been here for over 12 years now because of the scars. You know, we took licks, and we got back up, and we stayed strong.

Scott: Before I let you go, I have to ask you: what’s on the menu today?

Dickson: Ah, I knew you were going to. You know what we really pushed? You know, we have the most impressive submarine in the world. It’s a swai that’s seasoned and fried to perfection – 100% canola oil. Very well? Zero trans fat, okay? And with a special chipotle mayo on a toasted ciabatta bun with fresh spring mix and sliced ​​fresh tomatoes and sautéed onions. Delicious. He’s the hitter of the day.

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Lebanon accident chokes Beirut’s legendary Hamra Street

BEIRUT (AP) — From his small music store on Hamra Street in Beirut, Michel Eid has witnessed the rise and fall of Lebanon through the changing fortunes of this famous boulevard for more than 60 years.

Hamra Street represented all that was glamorous in Beirut in the 1960s and 1970s, with the best cinemas and theaters in Lebanon, cafes frequented by intellectuals and artists, and luxury boutiques. It has seen a revival over the past decade, with international chain stores and lively bars and restaurants.

Now many of its stores are closed. Poor Lebanese and Syrian refugees beg on its sidewalks. Garbage piles up on its corners. Like the rest of Lebanon, the economic crash swept the streets like a destructive storm.

At 88, Eid recalls the bad times, during Lebanon’s 1975-1990 civil war, when Hamra saw militias fighting, killings in his cafes and, at one point, invading Israeli troops marching through the city. Street. Nothing was as bad as now, Eid said.

“We’ve hit rock bottom,” he said. Few customers come to his Tosca Music Shop and Electronic Supplies, which sells records and a variety of electronic clocks, calculators and watches.

Lebanon’s Economic Collapse was the country’s post-war high point. Militia leaders from the war became the political leadership and have held power ever since. They ran an economy that was booming at times, but was actually a Ponzi scheme riddled with corruption and mismanagement.

The program ultimately collapsed, beginning in October 2019, in what the World Bank calls one of the world’s worst economic and financial crises. since the mid 1800s.

The value of money evaporated, wages lost their purchasing power, dollars in banks became inaccessible, and prices soared. No less than 82% of the population today lives in poverty, according to the UN

A stroll down Hamra Street shows the impact.

Many stores closed because landlords could no longer afford high rents and huge monthly bills for private electricity generators. After dark, businesses still in operation close early. Many streetlights are not working due to power cuts. Once late at night, Hamra feels deserted before midnight.

At its height in the 1960s and 1970s, Hamra Street was the elegant heart of Lebanon’s pre-war cosmopolitan era, Beirut’s Champs-Élysées. Arab, European and American tourists flocked to its chic shops, restaurants and bars.

Hamra had the best cinemas in the capital. At the Piccadilly Theater, Fayrouz, Lebanon’s most beloved singer, performed. You might see the international diva Dalida stroll down the avenue before one of her shows. World stars have given concerts in Lebanon, including Louis Armstrong and Paul Anka.

Located in the western district of the capital, Ras Beirut, Hamra was – and still is – a place where Christians and Muslims live side by side. Its cafes were haunts of artists, intellectuals and political activists, caught up in the leftist, secular and Arab nationalist spirit of the time.

“Hamra Street is an international avenue,” says Mohamad Rayes, who has worked on the street since the early 1970s and owns three clothing and lingerie boutiques in the neighborhood.

He was talking while sitting in a café which, in the 1970s, was called the Horse Shoe. He pointed to a corner where two of the greatest Arab singers of the time, Abdel-Halim Hafez and Farid el-Atrash, had a regular place, as well as Nizar Qabbani, an iconic romantic poet from Syria.

The Civil War put an end to this golden age. The fighting caused heavy damage in Hamra Street.

After the war, Beirut’s center for international trade and shopping moved to a newly renovated downtown. But Hamra Street saw a major facelift in the early 2000s, with new water, sewage and electricity systems.

This has fueled a revival over the past 15 years. International chains like Starbucks and Nike have opened stores. New restaurants have sprung up, including those opened by Syrians fleeing their country’s civil war.

The new wave pushed many pre-war icons out of the region. Its famous Modca cafe has been replaced by a bank. A McDonald’s stands in place of the Faisal restaurant, where Arab leftists once huddled over glasses of arak liquor and appetizer dishes. The Piccadilly Theater has been abandoned.

But the street attracted a new generation of young people from all sects, bringing with it the progressive spirit of the frustrated Arab Spring of 2011. Again the street rang with bars. One club, Metro Medina, attracted young crowds with retro performances of early Arabic music from the last century.

Hamra stays busy during the day. Thousands of people come for treatment at its medical centers or to study at the nearby American University of Beirut, one of the best educational institutions in the Middle East.

But “Hamra is not the Hamra of the past,” said Elie Rbeiz.

Rbeiz, 70, has been a hairdresser for the elite in Hamra since 1962. Among his regular clients was the late Saudi businessman Adnan Khashoggi, who once flew Rbeiz to London on a private jet for a haircut. Rbeiz expanded his business 20 years ago to include menswear.

Now in the economic crisis, its sales have fallen by 60%.

Still, Rbeiz believes Hamra will bounce back. He said his store blew up during the Civil War and he renovated and reopened it. “I didn’t surrender then and I won’t surrender now. Ever.”

Not everyone is so sure.

Eid opened his music store in Hamra in 1958. He will close it when he stops working, he said. His two sons live abroad; if they don’t want his 4,500 records, many of which are collectibles, he’ll donate them.

Will Hamra Street bloom again? “Never ever. Impossible,” he said.

But he won’t leave.

“Hamra Street is the oxygen I breathe,” he said. “I grew up in Hamra Street and I will end my life here.”

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Great coffee made even better with high quality baked goods at Vancouver cafes

Many local cafes carefully source coffee beans and invest in expensive equipment to brew the perfect cup of coffee. These meticulously composed drinks deserve to be accompanied by a quality pastry. Here are a few cafes with the ideal mix of great cafes and on-site bakeries.

river girl

5301 E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver; 360-694-7500;

Riven Maiden’s move in 2018 to its current location in a former bank building provided space for cooking. The store’s recipes are developed through a process of trial and error. Each new pastry is tasted by the staff.

“When you’re the only person tasting it, it can be too much for your needs,” owner Melissa Layman said.

The goal is to create something to appeal to a wide range of customers. Using this method, recipes are often modified to include less sugar.

“So many pastries are really sweet. We prefer richness and flavor,” Layman said.

This low sugar content does not translate into baked goods that taste too healthy. River Maiden’s huge crispy rice treats (called ROUS, a tribute to “The Princess Bride”) are prepared in a large pan filled with a generous amount of marshmallows and browned butter.

“Who wants a little crispy rice treat?” says Laic.

River Maiden’s cookies, scones and specialties all exude that mix of fun and decadence. Fortunately, the building still has space to develop the bakery business. The owners plan to add homemade ciabatta for the breakfast sandwiches. They also plan to offer more seasonal items and quick breads.

My personal favorites at River Maiden are the marionberry scone ($4) with berries from Columbia Fruit and the Walker Texas Ranger Seasonal Cookie ($2.50), a mix of coconut, butterscotch chips, oats and rice cereal. The ranger cookie always cracks me up because it looks like Chuck Norris’ chest hair of “Walker, Texas Ranger” fame. This cookie comes back to the store in three to four weeks.

Cafe Thatcher

104 Grand Boulevard, Vancouver; 360-258-0571;

Jamie Erdman, owner of Thatcher’s Coffee, has always wanted to have freshly made treats in his Grand Central shop. She loves the sensory experience that the aroma of baking granola or chocolate chip cookies gives customers.

Erdman was never interested in becoming a coffee roaster, but she tries hard to find good coffee at places like Roseline Coffee and Heart Coffee Roasters. She wants the quality of the pastries in her shop to be equal to the quality of the coffee she serves.

Thatcher’s Coffee has always baked one-third to one-half of the items in the baking crate. The pandemic has, however, brought about changes. One of Thatcher’s suppliers stopped delivering to Vancouver. Additionally, Head Baker Sarah Sullivan has been creating new baked goods over the past two years. As a result, Thatcher’s is currently cooking everything on site.

Erdman is interested in expanding her baking program to add more savory items, but space is limited. Everything at the shop is cooked in a convection oven on the coffee bar. Baking ingredients are stored in a mini fridge near the oven.

Despite this limited space and equipment, the bakery box is still filled with scrumptious treats like Earl Gray Shortbread with Citrus Buttercream ($3.75), Banana Bread ($3.25) and Chocolate Scones. rosemary and walnuts ($4).

Gourmet Coffee from Kafiex Roasters

100 Waterfront Road, Vancouver;

Kafiex’s Gastro Cafe at Waterfront Vancouver offers something owners Matthew and Seidy Selivanow don’t have in their Esther Short Park Coffee Lab: a space to cook. Selivanows’ Waterfront spot is the only spot on this list that offers on-site roasted coffee as well as homemade pastries.

Every day, the large pastry case in the café-bar is filled with baked goods. Prices range from $3.50 to $8 for items such as almond croissants, lemon glazed Bundt cakes topped with candied lemon slices, and orange brownies topped with whipped cream and dusted with cocoa powder .

It’s the perfect place to sip an espresso and munch on an early morning croissant while admiring the Columbia River and cars crossing the Interstate 5 bridge.

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Gyms, cafes and flights added as places of close Covid contact

Several gyms, cafes and flights were added as Covid-19 close contact locations of interest on Wednesday afternoon.

A McDonald’s in Masterton was listed as a close contact location from 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Sunday February 6.

Several sessions at an F45 training center in Takanini, as well as a Snap Fitness center in the same suburb, were also listed from Thursday February 3 to Tuesday February 8.

The complete list of places of interest, which is being updated, is available here.

A gymnasium in Hamilton, First Place Fitness Te Rapa, was also a close contact location of interest having been visited on Wednesday, February 2 from 5:15 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Earlier, restaurants in Auckland and Wellington, a bus trip to Auckland and a flight were added to the list of places of interest.

A bus ride on Thursday, January 27 from 32 Jordan Road Māngere to Ōtāhuhu Station, from 1:15 p.m. to 1:40 p.m., was listed as a close contact location on Wednesday afternoon.

A coffee boat from Auckland and a flight from Christchurch to Auckland were also on the list.

Anyone seated in rows 22, 23, 24, 25 or 26 on flight NZ0566 on Sunday, January 30, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:25 p.m., is considered a close contact.

Jacks Coffee Lounge in Auckland’s Hillcrest was visited by someone with Covid on Sunday February 6, between 9.50am and 10.50am. Only customers who dined indoors are considered close contacts.

The Chow restaurant at 45 Tory Street in Te Aro was listed as a close contact Covid-19 place of interest by the Department of Health on Wednesday morning.

A person with the virus was there on Saturday February 5, between 12:34 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Clock Tower Bakery and Coffee Shop in Petone was also visited by someone with Covid on Saturday February 5, between 10.30am and 11.30am.

The ministry advised anyone in those locations at the times in question to self-isolate, take a Covid-19 test immediately, and again on the fifth day after being exposed.

On Wednesday, 204 cases of Covid-19 were announced in the community.

The cases were in Northland (8), Auckland (135), Waikato (35), Lakes (2), Bay of Plenty (11), Taranaki (1), Palmerston North (2) Wellington (3), Hutt Valley ( 3), Nelson Marlborough (1) and Canterbury (3).

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A cafe with all the good vibes

Plants and coffee. What better combination can lift someone’s mood and promote good health? Plants, after all, are known to reduce stress levels and even improve indoor air quality by reducing volatile organic compounds and carbon dioxide concentration.

Coffee, meanwhile, has been linked to reduced risks of several chronic diseases and is a source of, among other plant chemicals, vitamin B12 and magnesium. Consumed in moderation, it can contribute to alertness, energy and concentration.

Around the metro, many cafes have been transformed into outdoor gardens to meet the demands of the time. Café Plantcetera, on the other hand, started out as a gardener’s wonderland and ended up serving a cup of tea.

Plantcetera is the go-to supplier of many plantitos and plantitas in the city. They also provide plant display systems and outdoor wooden furniture. With business booming as many turned to gardening during lockdowns, owners felt it was time to stretch their entrepreneurial legs and offer something more to customers as they decided which plants to take home.

Plantcetera Cafe

Café Plantcetera chose single-origin beans from the mountains of Sagada. The coffee beans are single-origin, which means the beans are not a mixture of different sources but come from a specific geographical region, and in this case, that is Sagada.

In keeping with the wholesome vibe of the establishment, the owners opted for dark roasting the beans. This is believed to enhance coffee’s already rich supply of antioxidants, which are known to help fight free radicals that cause cell damage. The dark roast also brings out a rich taste, making every cup an experience to savor while admiring the cafe gardens.

Plantcetera Cafe

At Café Plantcetera, you can choose to have your coffee hot, cold or blended. Take it as Pinoy as possible by choosing Kapeng Barako, or more in the US like Café Americano. The beans go well with caramel or hazelnut lattes, or on the sweet and frothy side with cappuccinos or coffee mochas. The real coffee diehards are covered at Café Plantcetera with the Cold Brew series of these coffee preparations.

Want a mix? Try a tall glass of Sagada coffee in a blend of mocha, coffee jelly, caramel macchiato, Belgian chocolate or dark chocolate.

For those not yet in the mood for a cup of tea, there are strawberry and blueberry smoothies, as well as a refreshing pink lemonade.

Plantcetera Cafe

But what’s a good coffee if you can’t wash down good food? Small bites to give you more reason to linger among the plants.

Have your coffee with choices from Plantcetera’s Sweet Tooth menu, like a Brownie s’mores or even a Vigan bibingka. Munch on quesadillas and cheesy nachos for a light afternoon snack.

Plantcetera Cafe

Are you hungry, but not quite? Grab a tasty four cheese sandwich or their special ham and cheese sandwich, a wrap or maybe a plate of spaghetti bolognese or aglio olio Spanish sardines or tuna pesto.

So what better way to surround yourself with good vibes and good health than having a cup of tea amidst the lush gardens of Café Plantcetera.

Plantcetera Cafe

Café Plantcetera is located at 17 Apollo St. Talon II Moonwalk Paranaque Las Pinas. Call them on 09177034804 or check out their Facebook page to find out more.


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Gulmarg Gets World’s ‘Tallest’ Igloo Cafe, Becomes This Year’s Trending Tourist Attraction (PHOTOS) | The Weather Channel – Articles from The Weather Channel

Igloo Cafe, Gulmarg (Bilal Bahadur/BCCL)

The world’s largest igloo cafe, located in Gulmarg, Kashmir, has finally opened its doors to visitors until mid-March, the end of winter. Part of the renowned ski resorts of Gulmarg, the cafe is the group’s second attempt in India, much larger than the one built last year.

Cafe management, the Kolahoi Group, said the snow cafe concept was incredibly popular in Switzerland, Finland and Canada. Several of them even have facilities to stay.

“I thought Gulmarg was seeing a lot of snow so why not start this concept here,” said igloo designer Syed Wasim Shah, as quoted.

An igloo is a hut-like structure built with snow. The air pockets trapped inside the snow act as insulators to keep the igloo from becoming unbearably cold.

Shah had built a similar cafe – the largest in Asia and his first such attempt in India – last winter. It was 12.5 feet tall and 22 feet in diameter and had four tables that could accommodate up to 16 customers.

This year’s igloo measures 38 feet high and 44 feet in diameter and is large enough to accommodate approximately 40 guests at a time. “According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the tallest cafe so far is in Switzerland, and its height is 33.8 feet and its diameter is 42.4 feet. So it’s bigger than that” , Shah said.

Artwork includes a hand-engraved copper samovar to give the cafe a traditional Kashmiri touch. Sheepskins were placed on the tables and benches made of snow and ice to make the seats warm and comfortable. A guest can spend about an hour inside the igloo or until it gets cold.

Building this year’s igloo required 25 members working in shifts and took two months to complete.

The cafe has become a center of attraction for locals as well as tourists who throng to the resort.

(With contributions from Times of India and IANS)


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Opening of a student-run cafe in the restored Latrobe Bakery building

A building in downtown Latrobe where local residents once stopped to buy pastries is the town’s new spot for coffee, tea and sandwiches.

Rachelle’s 15650, a cafe operated by students from nearby Saint Vincent’s College, will open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the old Mailey Bakery, 335 Main Street.

“I think it’s pretty exciting,” said owner John Baran, a Latrobe native who worked for more than a year to restore and bring the ornate 19th-century building back to life.

Working with the Latrobe Community Revitalization Program, Baran connected with Saint Vincent and four students who, rather than just landing internships, formed the management team for the new restaurant.

The team includes juniors Emily Bosche from Harrisburg, Matthew Klasnic from Latrobe and Matthew Minkin from York, as well as senior Matthew Furer from Altoona. They are respectively managing director, operational director, frontline director and financial director.

“It’s a real pleasure to work with these young adults,” said Baran. “They are so brilliant and they brought so much energy to the table. They run the show.

The students trained as baristas and met vendors to stock the coffee.

“They run it like a small business,” Baran said. “I just check once a week.”

Baran nicknamed the cafe with a combination of his daughter’s name and Latrobe’s zip code. “It’s for luck,” he said.

As the students gain valuable experience running a small business, Baran expressed the hope “that they’ll lead it through to graduation and then pass it on to the next generation of students”.

Rachelle’s offers seating for restaurant patrons under a restored tin ceiling. It had a soft opening this week and will operate 8-5 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8-8 Thursdays, 9-3 Saturdays and 9-1 Sundays.

The cafe can be reached at 724-879-4844.

Jeff Himler is an editor of the Tribune-Review. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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Restaurants and cafes open via Tết to make up for lost time during the pandemic

VIETNAM, February 2 –

A restaurant at AEON Bình Tân in Ho Chi Minh City filled with customers on the second day of the new year. Photo Thu Hằng

HCM CITY – Many food and beverage outlets and supermarkets are open across the Tết (Lunar New Year), hoping to somewhat catch up with the long closings due to COVID-19 and to take advantage of a possible increase in demand as happened last year.

Restaurant chain Vua Cua said it plans to offer take-out during the holidays to make up for months of lockdown.

Its outlets reopened on Wednesday, the second day of the new year.

Xanh Seafood Stand does not close for Tết and offers delivery through the Now and Grab apps.

Coffee chains such as The Coffee House, Highlands Coffee, Passio, Starbucks Coffee and Runam Coffee are also not closing.

A holiday bonus means food and drink prices increase by 10-15%.

With HCM City retaining its status as a COVID Green Zone, a low risk of COVID-19, people are confident to gather and enjoy entertainment activities.

AEON supermarkets across the country are open during Tếtwith its stores in the Tân Phú and Bình Tân districts of Ho Chi Minh City opening a little late on New Year’s Day and resuming normal hours from the next day.

Food and drink stalls at AEON also remain open. —VNS

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Takeover bid launched to stop the demolition of the La Frégate café by Will Alsop

Architectural charity Twentieth Century Society has sought protection for the Will Alsop-designed La Frégate cafe in Jersey to prevent it from being demolished as part of plans to redevelop its waterfront site.

St Helier’s Cafe, which was one of the earliest works designed by Stirling Prize-winning architect Alsop, is currently under threat of demolition as part of a wider Jersey Development Company plan to develop the site .

“Tmad if this cafe was to be torn down

Designed by Alsop in collaboration with local architect Derek Mason, the café opened in 1997 and resembles an upturned boat.

The Twentieth Century Society asked for the cafe to be listed because, although small, it was a significant early work by Alsop, who died aged 70 in 2018.

“Once in a while, a small building can have a big impact – that’s certainly the case here,” said Twentieth Century Society director Catherine Croft.

The Frigate is playful and joyful, and a rare example of a work by one of the most extraordinarily inventive architects of recent decades,” she told Dezeen.

“It would be a tragedy if this café were to be demolished and we hope that the feasibility studies currently underway will show that it is possible to save it.”

La Frégate café threatened with demolition

La Frégate cafe is currently under threat as it is not included in the Jersey Development Company’s plans for the redevelopment of the site, which went through planning last week.

Planned by British studio Gillespies, the 11.5-hectare site is expected to accommodate 1,000 homes as well as office buildings, cafes, shops, an indoor swimming pool, cinema and an arts building.

According to the Jersey Development Company, the cafe will be removed as the dyke protecting the site needs to be raised 1.2 meters to prevent flooding.

“[Our] the consultant’s advice was that the sea defenses should be raised by 1.2m and the slipway relocated,” a Jersey Development Company spokesman said.

“In order to maintain a view of the sea wall, the level of the land must rise by the same amount,” they continued.

“The La Fregate cafe is located in the immediate vicinity of the sea wall and in order to increase the ground levels it is proposed to remove it.”

Cafe a “highly rated building”

Alsop was one of the UK’s most recognized architects, known for designing distinctive colorful buildings including the Sharp Center for Design at the Ontario College of Art & Design in Canada and the Peckham Library in London, which has won the Stirling Prize in 2000.

Marcos Rosello, who co-founded London studio All Design with Alsop, believes media attention draws attention to the “little gem” of a building.

“I spent seven years growing up in Jersey and have fond memories of it, so it’s pretty close to my heart in many ways,” Rosello said.

“The local support in Jersey shows it is another much loved building and the publicity is making more people aware of this little gem.”

Cafe on the Jersey waterfront
It is not included in the site redevelopment plans

Rosello hopes that if the building has to be removed from its current position, it can be saved and rebuilt elsewhere. He cites Alsop’s Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre, which was moved rather than demolished in 1994, as an example.

“Jersey Development Company is looking into the viability of moving it, so let’s hope it happens because it should be the worst case scenario in this case,” Rosello said.

After Alsop’s death, we’ve collected his most important buildings and looked at eight influential works designed by the architect that were never built.

Photograph courtesy of Twentieth Century Society.

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What is Mexican cuisine? A Nevada court has the delicate task of deciding

A Las Vegas mall owner asks a judge to rule on a culinary conundrum between two restaurants: What is Mexican food?

The dishes in question are from the salad chain Chop Stop, which has a location at the mall. There’s the Viva Mexico Chop salad, topped with black beans, jalapeños, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, chicken, and tortilla strips, and the Santa Fe Chop, with avocados, roasted corn, and Pepper Jack cheese. . Also in question is the Chopurrito, a bowl with rice, beans, salsa and up to six toppings.

Cafe Rio, a nearby fast-casual Mexican chain, argued in court that Chop Stop’s offers violate a provision in its lease that says no other restaurant in the same mall can earn more than 10% of its sales at from Mexican or Tex-Mex products. food. Chop Stop responded that its menu items are generic offerings that do not belong to any culinary category.

The result was a great confrontation about the nature of salad food, culture and ingredients – or what chef and food consultant Sofia Sada Cervantes called “the deconstructed symbolism of the Mexican salad.”

Chop Stop and Cafe Rio in Las Vegas.

The legal battle began in 2020 after Cafe Rio invoked a lease clause to cut its rent in half for up to a year if the 10% stipulation was breached and neither the restaurant with the allegedly Mexican dishes nor the landlord took action. Court records show Cafe Rio began withholding 50% of its rent for its 2,800 square foot space in September 2020.

The restaurants‘ owner, Dynamic Town Square Las Vegas LLC, filed the case, formally known as a complaint for declaratory judgment, in December 2020, after months of discussions between the parties. A lawyer for the landlord, Jeffrey Adelman, refused to disclose the amount of the rent.

In November of that year, according to a Dynamic Town Square filing, Chop Stop “made some changes to its menu and provided Cafe Rio with documentation indicating that the only” two potentially questionable salads…represent less than 10% of its sales.” “The court filing does not detail the menu changes. Cafe Rio continued to argue that the salad shop violated its lease.

Hector Carbajal, lawyer for Chop Stop, declined to comment on the case. A lawyer for Cafe Rio did not respond to requests for comment.

Mr Adelman said the owner was only a spectator in the dispute.

“I don’t know and frankly I don’t know who knows what legally defines Mexican food,” he said. “They can fight.”

Chefs and culinary researchers say defining Mexican cuisine, or any other ethnic cuisine, is a challenge, but the answer often lies in the ingredients.

The Viva Mexico Chop salad.

For Ms. Sada, an assistant professor at the Culinary Institute of America, a potential consideration in the Viva Mexico Chop is the use of cheddar cheese. “We don’t even have cheddar cheese,” said Ms. Sada, who was born and raised in Mexico. “It’s not something you find in Mexican cuisine.”

Just having Mexican ingredients in a dish doesn’t make it Mexican either, she added. “For me, it’s not just because someone takes a jalapeño or a tortilla,” Ms. Sada said. “It’s just creating a dish using Mexican ingredients.”

Gustavo Arellano, author of ‘Taco USA: How Mexican Food Took America Away’ who wrote about the case for the Los Angeles Times, tried the Viva Mexico salad and found nothing particularly Mexican or tasty about it. this subject. As for the case, “two fairly well-funded companies are battling the impossible task of deciding what Mexican food is,” he said. “It’s a comedy of errors. I just wish it tasted better.

A lawyer for Chop Stop said in legal documents last year that their salad offerings did not violate the lease. “The Santa Fe Chop is a salad offering that is neither Mexican nor Tex-Mex,” a filing said. The Viva Mexico Chop also wouldn’t count, the restaurant’s attorney wrote, because only a taco salad would violate Cafe Rio’s lease. That would mean having a corn or flour tortilla base, which the Viva Mexico doesn’t.

The Santa Fe Chop salad.

As for the Chopurrito — now called the Blazin’ Bowl in Las Vegas — Chop Stop’s attorney wrote that it was a burrito bowl at best.

“Burrito bowls weren’t created in Mexico or Texas as traditional Mexican or Tex-Mex food,” Chop Stop explained. “They were created by Chipotle over the past 15 years in Colorado and are actually a Southwestern food that Cafe Rio doesn’t have an exclusive for.”

Chipotle Mexican Grill did not respond to requests for comment on whether and where it invented the burrito bowl.

How to categorize the foods featured in a similar dispute involving a Panera Bread trying to stop a Qdoba Mexican Eats restaurant from setting up shop in the same mall in Shrewsbury, Mass. In this 2006 case, a Massachusetts judge had to decide whether burritos, tacos and quesadillas were sandwiches.

The decision cited a dictionary definition describing a sandwich as “two thin pieces of bread, usually buttered, with a layer of line (such as meat, cheese, or savory mixture) spread between them” to deny the coffee’s request. prevent Qdoba from becoming its neighbour.

“Under this definition and consistent with common sense, this court finds that the term ‘sandwich’ is not commonly understood to include burritos, tacos, and quesadillas, which are typically prepared with a single tortilla and stuffed with a garnish of choice of meat, rice, and beans,” the ruling reads.

In Las Vegas, the trial is scheduled for August. According to Mr Adelman, which restaurant could reimburse the rent depends on the decision.

“At the end of the day, we’re going to collect from someone,” he said.

Write to Alicia A. Caldwell at [email protected]

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New Family to Revive Jingo House Cafe in Japanese Tea Garden

Another family will soon be guardians of the Jingu house and the food served there.

The San Antonio Parks Foundation announced on Friday a new partnership with the Lawton family, owners of Cappy’s Restaurant and Cappycino’s, to bring back a cafe to the Jingu House in historic Japanese tea garden.

Since 1981, Fresh Horizons Creative Catering has operated a take-out style cafe from the gardens. However, the small catering company said goodbye to the Japanese Tea Garden last year.

When Cappy Lawton and his son Trevor were approached by the San Antonio Parks Foundation in late December, he said they knew it was an opportunity they couldn’t turn down.

“We want to make the Jingu House stand out more and make it more accessible to all residents,” Lawton told the San Antonio Report.

Lawton said he and Trevor were still in the planning stages, but they already had some great ideas for the new restaurant/café, including repairing the interior of the Jingu House to improve its aesthetics and functionality, while retaining its historical details.

One side will offer take-out sandwiches, ice cream and boba teas – a tea drink that includes fluffy tapioca balls. The Other Side “will carry on the tradition of House Jingu,” Lawton said. The menu will include a special chicken salad sandwich which is a nod to the historic tenants, the Jingus. The new concept will also sell specialty bento boxes, he added.

In the early 20th century, Japanese-American artist Kimi Eizo Jingu lived with his family in the garden and opened the Bamboo Room teahouse. Jingu raised eight children there while he was a caretaker and died in 1938. When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor a few years later, his family was evicted from their home and its name changed to Chinese Tea Garden.

In 1984, then-Mayor Henry Cisneros presided over the restoration of the Japanese Tea Garden and its naming in a ceremony attended by the children of Jingu.

Lawton said they hope to open the cafe in the spring.

“We really want to bring the gardens back to life,” he said.

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Go out for lunch with Tori: Café Zinc

It’s nice to have fun once in a while. For me, that means going out for a good meal with someone I love. To celebrate my birthday week, my mom and I recently decided to splurge and go to Café Zinc for lunch.

This particular restaurant, located at 111 W. Main St., holds very special memories for me, even though I’ve only been there half a dozen times in the past 20 years. One of my dearest friends worked in the hotel kitchen and even had the cooks try to create the perfect tuna salad sandwich for my sister. Some time later, my family stopped by to offer us a cup of hot chocolate after a vocal recital. The restaurant served as a meeting place for me to mark special occasions and organize lunch meetings. Even when I walk by on a hot summer afternoon, I can’t help but envy the few people who dine al fresco with a view of downtown Midland.

As I walked in, I immediately realized that I had forgotten to call ahead for seats, but at least there were several free seats at the counter (beware, reservations are highly recommended). My mom and I sat at the far end of the counter, stopping briefly to study the dessert display along the way.

I ordered the croque monsieur with a house salad. I’m a bit proud of this particular sandwich because it was one of the few dishes I frequently ordered in my high school French class. (“I’d like a croque monsieur, please.”) Ever since, I’ve wanted to try it for real.

Simply put, a croque monsieur is an elaborate grilled ham and cheese sandwich. However, it’s the types of ingredients that take this version to the next level. Café Zinc’s croque monsieur was made with brioche bread spread with mornay sauce (a light cottage cheese sauce), with ham and Gruyere cheese nestled inside. It was then baked with grated cheese on top and garnished with a hint of parsley. Although the bread was toasted, it remained soft and chewy inside. The ham and Gruyere cheese carefully balanced the savory and savory flavors. The mornay sauce brought it all together with its creamy richness.

My mom decided to have the quiche florentine, which incorporated eggs, gruyere (I’m sensing a theme here), parmesan and baby spinach in a thick pastry crust. The slice of quiche was topped with a dollop of dill ricotta. My mom generously let me try the quiche with and without the dill ricotta. Personally, I found the dish to be flavorful and rich enough that topping wasn’t necessary, but it added a nice zest.

Our two lunches were preceded by a bread basket and came with a house salad. The house salad was made with greens, tomatoes, heirloom carrots, cucumber, and a lemon-honey white balsamic vinaigrette, which I found delicious. We sampled both types of bread with the swirl of soft butter, trying the French baguette with a dark loaf sprinkled with nuts. This last type of bread was our favorite because it was moist and slightly warm; there seemed to be more nuts than bread, which provided a hearty alternative.

We knew this meal wouldn’t be complete without one of the complex desserts we spied earlier. After some controversy, I opted for the hazelnut mousse cake while my mother ordered the Godiva chocolate cheesecake as well as a fruit tart to take away… now I see where my indecision comes from. Our waitress wrapped the pie and took the other two desserts into the kitchen to dress them.

My cake came out topped with edible gold leaf and surrounded by dots of vanilla sauce. The chocolate ganache gave way to a light mousse layered between puff pastry wafers. Mom’s cheesecake had similar dots of raspberry sauce decorating her plate, and it was topped with plump raspberries. Both were good choices, as I think a diner can hardly go wrong with any of the cafe’s dessert selections.

Sitting at the counter, we had a great view of the restaurant and the servers as they busied themselves between the kitchen and the dining room. The entire space has a modern feel with white stained furniture and walls. The staff were hospitable, taking our coats to a locker room and regularly checking our drink levels, even sharing a few laughs along the way. Café Zinc is certainly a nice place to get away from it all and enjoy the local splendour. Cheers!

Editor’s note: Out to Lunch with Tori appears every Thursday in the Midland Daily News. Victoria (Tori) Ritter can be reached at [email protected]

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List of the least hygienic restaurants and cafes in Bracknell

There are so many fantastic places to eat in Bracknell that it’s hard to know which one to settle on.

We all sat down browsing TripAdvisor or Just Eat, thinking we made our choice only to be tempted by the next option.

One factor you may want to consider is the company’s food safety rating.

No restaurant has been given a 0 rating in Bracknell by the Food Standards Agency, but 11 have a rating of 1.

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Any location with a rating of one means it needs a “major improvement”.

Their decision is based on handling, storage, preparation, cleanliness and food safety management.

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Here are all of the Bracknell companies that received a rating of one and the date they received it:

Adom Shop, 05/02/2020

House of the Dragon, 20/10/2021

The Cortile, 02/27/2020

Kabir’s, 04/10/2021

Raj Tandoori, 07/10/2021

Shahidas, 09/18/2019

Shenzhen, 10/11/2021

The Best Kebab, 06/21/2019

The Old Hachette, 21/10/2021

The Rose And The Crown, 12/17/2021

Wellington’s arms, 08/02/2020

The data collected comes from online assessments. There may be temporary differences between the rating displayed in a business and the online rating for reasons such as the business has appealed its latest rating and is awaiting the outcome or the local authority is uploading the new one. note to the Food Standards Agency website.

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New Horizons Player Presents a Froggy Chair-Themed Cafe

The One Animal Crossing: New Horizons player creates an entire frog cafe inspired by the series’ iconic Froggy chair, complete with frog treats.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons offers players a wide variety of adorable furniture with which to customize homes, buildings, and even large spaces. Some gamers go above and beyond when it comes to designing entire rooms to go with their favorite items. For example, a Animal Crossing: New Horizons The player recently designed an entire frog-themed cafe inspired by the famous Froggy chair.

The Froggy chair is part of the Froggy set, a two-part furniture set that has been part of the series since the very first animal crossing game. It’s a franchise staple and many fans openly rejoiced when it was added to Animal Crossing: New Horizons as part of the 2.0 update. It was accompanied by the Lily-pad table unit, which is the other half of the Froggy set.


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Redditor puzzzledbeluga recently showed off photos of the colorful frog cafe they created around the iconic Froggy chair. There are four images, two focusing on the furniture, decor, and layout of the building, and two showing what the cafe looks like in operation. Created using the Good family paradise DLC, the Froggy Café is designed around two sets of multicolored Froggy chairs. Each set of chairs is positioned around a metal and wood table, with a rug in the shape of a sliced ​​open piece of fruit placed below.

The rear of the cafe features two sets of small booths, each positioned in a small recessed compartment. Water lily tables have been placed between the two rows of seats with what appears to be iced lemon tea ready to drink. The front of the cafe features a counter, a clear display case for snacks and a fruit row for easy access to cooking. Edible Kerokerokeroppi Snack items can be seen proudly displayed on the metal and wood tables and counter. Some aspects may remind players of Brewster’s Cafe, but puzzzledbeluga has clearly put its own frog twist on the cafe’s formula.

In the last set of images, the cafe is shown full of animal crossing the villagers are busy. Two villagers appear to be wearing aprons, as if employed by the cafe, while three other villagers are depicted at tables. It looks like these customers are getting ready to consume their orders. While not all seats are complete, the addition of happy villagers helps the café’s already colorful and sweet design come to life.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is now available for Nintendo Switch.

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Opening of restaurants, cafes and bars in Glasgow in 2022

With a new year, a whole new selection of restaurants, cafes and bars are opening across our city that we can’t wait to try.

Read on for a list of some of the most exciting new spots that have been confirmed to be coming to Glasgow in 2022.

Plant Blonde

An all-vegan bakery and café will open in the spring of this year.

The team behind Plant Blonde is gearing up to serve a menu full of fresh local produce and artisan pastries, as well as providing a community center for the people of Partick.

Read the full story here.

Innis and Gunn

Innis & Gunn’s largest bar to date will open on West Nile Street in mid-2022.

As well as serving the perfect pints, the bar will offer a selection of classic pub fare, small plates and bar snacks.

Read the full story here.

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West End Grain and Grind

West End coffee lovers will finally be able to get their own dose of Grain and Grind Brew.

Opening on the corner of Old Dumbarton Road and Lumsden Street, we will soon be abuzz to see a Glasgow-born small business flourish.

Read the full story here.

Buck’s Bass

The Southsiders are eagerly awaiting the opening of a third Buck’s Bar in Cathcart this year.

The hugely popular local chain already has locations on West Regent Street and in Trongate serving huge burgers, wings and buttermilk fried chicken cocktails.

Read the full story here.

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Another new downtown opening, independent burger chain Fat Hippo looks like our street.

Think loaded fries and huge burgers with toppings like bacon, peanut butter and jam.

Read the full story here.


Mowgli will open on St Vincent Street in the former home of the Handmade Burger Company this spring.

Founded by food writer and celebrity chef Nisha Katona, this will be the chain’s second Scottish establishment serving its Indian street food.

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Scheduled to open just in time for Valentine’s Day, this sustainable steakhouse promises to use only “carbon neutral beef”.

The Argentinian-influenced restaurant will use prime cuts from cattle that have spent their lives on pampas farms feeding on seventeen different types of grass.

It looks fancy.

Read the full story here.


A healthy food spot that specializes in fully loaded salads.

With up to 60 toppings available as well as an all-day menu filled with wraps and hearty juices, we think Choppaluna will become a staple during the hot summer months.

Read the full story here.

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Primos Cafe sold to Flowood-based group

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – After more than 90 years in business, the Primos family has sold its popular restaurants to Flowood-based MMI Hospitality Group.

No sale price has been communicated. The deal was completed in early December, according to Micajah Sturdivant, president of MMI.

“It was truly an honor,” Sturdivant said of the opportunity to take ownership of the established Primos brand that has fed Jacksonians since Angelo “Pop” Primos opened a bakery on Capitol Street in 1930.

Sturdivant says former Primos owner Don Primos continues to be involved as an advisor. Primos’ daughter, Mary Claire, now works for MMI and will continue to oversee Primos’ marketing efforts.

The first Primos(WLBT Archive)

“We are honored to continue the cafe concept and are especially excited to do so with a member of the Primos family who continues to be involved,” Sturdivant said in a prepared statement.

Sturdivant says no immediate changes are expected but that MMI will seek expansion opportunities in the metro area. Primos cafes are currently located in Flowood, Ridgeland and Madison. Sturdivant says the restaurants employ more than 170 people.

Kenya Parks, which has overseen restaurant operations under the ownership of the Primos family, will continue in this role on all three Primos cafes for MMI.

“I am confident in the future knowing that Kenya and our store teams have access to the breadth and depth of resources provided by MMI,” Don Primos said in the statement provided by MMI. “I am pleased to partner with another family business to drive the brand forward and with whom I know it will embody the values ​​essential to quality service in our community.”

MMI was founded in Jackson in 1956. Its first property was a Holiday Inn in Meridian. Its hotel division now has a dozen hotels in the Southeast. Its Dining Systems division provides catering services to facilities in five states, according to its website.

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Check out the iconic restaurant chain’s plans for a modern look in a new location – CBS Boston

WESTFIELD (CBS) — A new Friendly’s will open in Massachusetts next month — but it will be different from the restaurant many locals grew up knowing.

Friendly’s Café is due to open in Westfield in early February. And unlike the traditional restaurant experience, customers don’t sit down and wait for a server to take their order.

The counter at Friendly’s Cafe (Image credit: Friendly’s)

“The new fast and relaxed service model gives customers the flexibility to order and pay at their own pace,” a Friendly’s spokesperson said in a statement. “Upon entering Friendly’s Café, customers will have the option of ordering directly at the counter or via a QR code to their table where the food and ice cream will be delivered to them when ready.”

The new location measures 2,700 square feet and can accommodate 45 people. One side of the building will have four parking spaces reserved for curbside pickup.

The indoor dining area of ​​Friendly’s Cafe (Image credit: Friendly’s)

“Customers will also be able to order food online in advance and pick up their items from a designated delivery area or have it delivered,” says Friendly’s.

Friendly’s website lists 28 restaurants in Massachusetts and two in New Hampshire.

Exterior rendering of the new Friendly’s Cafe concept (Image credit: Friendly’s)

Friendly’s was founded in 1935. The first store opened in Springfield, Massachusetts, and the second came five years later in West Springfield. In 1951 there were 10 Friendly operating in western Massachusetts and Connecticut. S. Prestley Blake, who co-founded Friendly’s with his brother and grew it into a national chain, died aged 106 in 2021.

The regional favorite has seen a steady string of closures in recent years. In 2019, Friendly’s closed 23 restaurants in the northeast. Cape Cod’s last Friendly’s closed permanently in 2020.

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Bristol Cafe honors Betty White on what would have been her 100th birthday – NBC Connecticut

For more than 70 years, legendary actress and comedian Betty White has ruled the big and small screen.

But just under a month before she marked a major milestone – 100 years of life – she died on December 31, leaving a hole in the entertainment world.

She will never be forgotten and a local cafe in Bristol is taking care of it.

“To honor Betty on what would have been her 100th birthday, we decided because her favorite foods in the world… ironically enough, I guess if you want to live to be 100, it’s the hot -dogs, fries and Diet Coke,” said Parkside Café co-owner JR Rusgrove.

To honor them, the cafe created a special in honor of Betty.

“We created the Betty. You can come this whole week from January 17-21 to the cafe and order any hot dog you want, any topping you want, fries and a Diet Coke,” Rusgrove said.

It’s not just White’s favorite meal that is remembered, but also his love for animals.

Three pet shelters, including Our Companions, Woof Gang and Dog Star, will all receive a financial award.

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“Proceeds from this sale will go to the three animal foundations we work with,” Rusgrove said. “This is one of the times of year when pet rescue places can use this kind of help. They need blankets, toys. They need food, they need donations. in the form of monetary funds,” Rusgrove added.

If people don’t want a hot dog, they can come in and leave a cash or supplies donation at the Betty box at the entrance. It’s all in the spirit of celebrating and remembering the life of an American television icon.

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The 9 Best Cafes in Watford According to Tripadvisor

Whether you fancy a cup of tea, a coffee or a cake, Watford has a huge range of coffees that can sort you out.

But is your favorite coffee one of the best? Here are the city’s favorite spots according to Tripadvisor.

Artisanal bakery flourish. Image: Google Street View.

Artisanal bakery flourish is a family-run, award-winning artisan bakery in Garnett Close Unit 2 and counts Michelin star restaurants and five star hotels among its customers. All of their coffees are served with a double shot of espresso and whole milk, and they sell a range of breakfast and lunch items in addition to a range of cakes and platters. A cake and coffee could cost you as little as £7.

Watford Observer: The kitchen.  Image: Google Street View.The kitchen. Image: Google Street View.

The kitchen in nearby Croxley Green, it has a staggering 113 5-star reviews. The main draw for reviewers was their Afternoon Tea, which has been compared to the best hotels in London. You can also enjoy a simple coffee, tea and cake.

The Cha Cafe on Cassiobury Park Avenue offers simple breakfasts and lunches in a cafe showcasing the work of local artists. Near the beautiful park, customers can also enjoy their coffee to go if they want to admire the local sights.

Watford Observer: Ocean Bells.  Image: Google Street View.Ocean bells. Image: Google Street View.

Ocean Bells Cafe at 133 High Street is an artisan cafe that strives to source the best coffee for each season to ensure you have the best possible blend. It also offers brunch and homemade dishes, including a vegan and gluten-free options section. You can read more about coffee in one of the Observer’s September articles here.

Watford Observer: Eat and treat.  Image: Google Street View.Eat and treat. Image: Google Street View.

eat and treat at 241 St Albans Road is best known for its range of sandwiches. Reviewers on Tripadvisor said they were fresh and generous with the toppings.

Bloomsyard Watford is located in the Upper Mall across from Primark, so you can enjoy it while taking a break from some shopping. Started by a former accountant, BloomsYard offers specialty coffee, exotic tea, matcha and wine.

Amici’s Cafe Ristorante at Croxley Green doubles as a restaurant that serves a wide range of food, including an extensive selection of Italian pasta dishes. It’s also the perfect cafe if you’re in the mood for a night out, as you can order their products on Just Eat.

Watford Observer: Amici's Cafe Ristorante.  Image: Google Street View.Cafe Ristorante d’Amici. Image: Google Street View.

Rhubarb Cafe at 168 Cassiobury Drive prides itself on creating a comfortable and welcoming environment for its customers. It seems to work as reviewers have praised its warm and relaxed atmosphere.

Watford Observer: Rhubarb Cafe.  Image: Google Street View.Rhubarb coffee. Image: Google Street View.

bean here is close to Kings Langley and offers fresh bread and pastries with your coffee. One reviewer called it a “little gem”.

Watford Observer: bean here.  Image: Google Street View.Bean here. Image: Google Street View.

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Thunder Mug Cafe’s Lizette Apy Hopes Her 76ers Partnership Will Inspire Black Business Owners

Lizette Apy worked three jobs in Chicago as a single mom, doing what she needed for her children to attend high school and college. Yet even while she was spending those long hours – Apy was a full-time retail manager, part-time retail manager, and part-time accountant – she kept her dream alive.

She yearned to open a cafe like the ones she worked for while also funding her studies at the University of Illinois. But opening a cafe, Apy said, was quickly becoming “a fleeting dream” over the years.

Then the company she worked for suddenly closed, laying off all employees but offering severance pay. And Apy – who had recently become an empty nest – saw an opportunity to start from scratch.

Apy’s daughter had moved to Philadelphia and persuaded her to follow. She made the trip and took her dream with her, opening the Thunder Mug Cafe in East Falls in September 2019. When the pandemic started six months later, she continued to spin the dream – and that dream is now. a thriving small business on Ridge Avenue. .

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On Thursday, Apy was selected by the Sixers to be this year’s partner in their Buy Black program, which “was developed to promote local black-owned businesses and provide them with expert marketing advice, advertising value. , educational programs and additional tools for success. . “

“I look at the coffee and I’m like, ‘Wow, I made it,’” Apy said. “I always tell people that I’m not just dreaming. I dream and then I put it into action. I always knew this was going to happen to me. It’s just a very long dream. I finally put it into action. This is the cool part for me. If you follow your dream, it will never guide you in error. Never. Because that’s what’s in your heart. It’s your passion. The things that we feel and do with the heart, we do our best.

The Sixers selected Thunder Mug from a pool of 350 applicants, as David Gould, the team’s head of diversity and impact, said that not only would coffee benefit from the partnership, but that “the strong sense of Apy’s community and desire to give back is pretty much what we are, too.

The Sixers will highlight Apy activities on their digital and social media channels, provide advertising on their website and in the arena, promote Thunder Mug in emails to subscription holders, will feature the coffee on TV shows and broadcast radio commercials each Game. They will also host an in-person event to promote the coffee.

Thunder Mug will receive roughly the same treatment as traditional team sponsors. But it will be free.

“We know that black-owned businesses are under-represented, under-capitalized, and tend to be smaller than their regional counterparts,” Gould said. “We want to do what we can to provide different tools, resources and platforms to help them grow and that seems like a very natural way that we can do that.”

A sign on Thunder Mug’s front door reads “BLACK BUSINESS” and Apy is proud to be a black business owner – “There are only a few of us who survive and thrive here. She said – but getting there was not easy.

She held a credit score of 820 but was refused a loan by three banks before finally obtaining the financing to help open the cafe.

“As a black woman it was so hard to get a loan and get started,” Apy said. “A bank even said that in order to give me a loan, I had to ask a friend to put his house as collateral. I was like, ‘What?’ You could have bought me for a penny. I was so stunned by it and disheartened.

A secured loan, Apy devised a business plan before opening and outlined any possible challenges she might face. But there was nothing in there, said Apy, “which says quarantine and pandemic.”

The cafe was forced to rotate constantly, Apy said, as they navigated the pandemic with orders online and eating out. Thunder Mug survived and now Apy is hoping his partnership with the Sixers can inspire others.

“This program showed that I was able to stay open. I flourish. But it also gives me the tools to mentor and help future black entrepreneurs to open up and open up. I can be a resource, ”said Apy. “I feel like when I win, we all win. I want to uplift everyone. I would like to see the Black Business community grow, strengthen, prosper. I don’t want the pandemic to deter future black business owners from chasing their dreams. “

Apy’s coffee is named after a chamber pot in tribute to her great-grandmother, who lived to be 114 years old. Thunder Mug evokes “happy childhood memories” of her great-grandmother’s visit to Mississippi.

The cafe’s proximity to the Schuylkill River immediately reminded Apy of the lakeside Chicago, offering a slice of home in his new hometown. And a reminder of the life she lived while still clinging to her dream.

“My mom was a single mom and she had two jobs and that’s all I remember is my mom had two jobs,” Apy said. “I know my mom was more than that. She was a friend. She was a sister. She was a mother. She was a colleague. She was so much more than my sisters and I saw of her because she worked so hard.

“I wanted my kids to see me more as an individual. I wanted them to see me not only as a mom, but also as that person who also wanted to make her mark in the world. They are so proud.

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Wellness Boutique and Café opens on Trade Street | To eat

“We have similar offerings as you get in any cafe, but our specialty drinks use these superfood powders,” Luzardo said.

Customers can get a regular coffee, espresso, tea or chai latte. But they can also get tea, coffee, and other drinks with powders and concentrates with ingredients associated with wellness.

La Luz uses local companies Magic Beans Coffee and Vita Pour for its coffee and tea. Its wellness powders and concentrates come from Anima Mundi, a company based in Costa Rica.

Everything in coffee is plant-based. Non-dairy milks include almonds, oats, and macadamia.

Luz Latte is an espresso with homemade rose and cardamom syrups, coconut cream and a dirty rose chai collagen booster (associated with the strength of bones and joints, nails and hair. , etc.).

Mucuna Rose Matcha combines matcha with rose powder (associated with anti-inflammatory properties) and mucuna (associated with stress reduction, lower cholesterol and more) as well as an ‘elixir of euphoria. for a better mood ”.

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Space Café Radio: 2021 Review – Blaine Curcio

Space Café Radio: 2021 Review – Blaine Curcio – SpaceWatch.Global

Blaine Curcio, Screensht from Dongfang Hour

In this Radio Café de l’Espace – our Review 2021 series, publisher SpaceWatch.Global Torsten Kriening speak with Blaine curcio, #ChinaSpaceGuy, Founder of Orbital Gateway Consulting and Senior Affiliate Consultant at Euroconsult and Co-Host of DongFnag Hour China Aerospace News Brief on Its 2021 Space (China) Highlights and What It Takes watch for the coming year in space.

Pierre Lionnet – @LionnetPierre – is the reference Blaine mentioned at the end.

Radio Café de l’Espace brings you our interviews, our interviews, our impressions. In this format, you will hear conversations or the entire SpaceWatchers team while on the road. Each show will have a specific topic, unique content and a very personal touch. Enjoy the format of the show and give us your feedback for [email protected] .

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In this Space Café Radio – our 2021 Review series, SpaceWatch. Global publisher Torsten Kriening spoke with Ken Hodgkins, president of International Space Enterprise Consultants, about his 2021 space highlights and what he’s doing. must watch for the coming year in space.

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Best Vegan Cafes in Devon to Help You Crush Veganuary

It’s that time of year when millions of people across the UK are getting down to New Year’s resolutions.

It’s no secret that for many of us, our will to drink less and exercise more will weaken before the month (or maybe even the Christmas tree) is over.

But one resolution that has grown stronger in recent years is Veganuary.

Read more: Exeter’s famous pie shop abandons all meat for Veganuary

The movement was created in 2014 to encourage people to give up animal products during the first month of the year – and beyond.

Last year 582,000 participated and this year organizers expect even more people to register.

If you are thinking of joining them, but don’t feel like being confined to home for a month, fear not, Devon is full of restaurants serving great vegan food.

Here is our selection of the group.

Banana Cafe, Tiverton

It’s hard to believe that Banana Cafe is actually in Devon

Cafe Banana isn’t just plant-based, it’s surrounded by plants too. Relax in this miniature paradise set against a backdrop of tropical foliage, with a slice of handmade vegan carrot cake.

Based at Tiverton’s Withleigh Nurseries, customer favorites include the plant-based brownies and the New York-style bagel that includes homemade seitan, arugula, pickles, mayonnaise and American mustard.

You will also find sandwiches, soup, daily specials as well as delicious tea and coffee.

Collective Café, Bideford

The legendary gingerbread of Cafe Collective
The legendary gingerbread of Cafe Collective

Voted ‘Best Coffee in Bideford’, Cafe Collective on Grenville Street also offers a legendary vegan Sticky Ginger Cake, made from its own recipe.

There’s also a full vegan breakfast, along with lighter breakfast options like sliced ​​tomatoes and black pepper, or toast with fresh mushrooms. Then there are vegan pizzas, a garden burger, homemade vegan sausages, and a plethora of gluten-free options.

Everything is made on site and there is a range of beers, ciders, wines and prosecco (unless of course you do Dry January).

Wild thyme coffee, Braunton

So many treats to choose from at Wild Thyme Cafe
So many treats to choose from at Wild Thyme Cafe

Eat breakfast all day or come for a leisurely lunch or dinner. At Wild Thyme Cafe, there are vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options to suit all appetites.

Vegan specialties include spicy Mexican rice and beans with roasted sweet potato, humous, tortillas, salsa, avocado, salad and roasted seeds; roasted parsnip and carrot soup with fennel and cumin seeds; and Ethiopian Stew, a lentil dish spiced with Berber spices, served with rice, Asian coleslaw, and mango chutney.

This popular cafe also has its own roast. Its Rainforest Alliance beans are imported green from Colombia and carefully roasted by hand by Greg of Kope Coffee Roasters, in small batches of no more than 1 kg at a time.

The cafe is located in the Caen Field shopping center and you can view the menus here.

Willow’s Tea Room, Landkey

Afternoon tea at Willow's tearoom
Afternoon tea at Willow’s tearoom

You would never guess that the cakes at Willow’s Tearoom are vegan, but that’s exactly what they are.

This charming cafe near Barnstaple reopened in 2021 as a plant-only venue. Since then, the coffee nut cake has sold like vegan hotcakes.

There are plenty of other animal-free goodies out there as well, including meatless breakfasts and lunches and dairy-free cream teas.

Willow’s accepts dogs and the CEO (meaning the Meal Chef) is a Dalmatian called Oreo.

Cake or Death, Exeter

Cake or Death in Exeter – open for brownies

Who doesn’t love a brownie? And Cake or Death Bakery in Exeter creates some of the best you’ve ever tasted. They are also vegans (but don’t tell non-vegans that.)

It’s run by Katie Cross who was inspired to start her own business after being interviewed to appear on Bake Off. While she didn’t quite put on the show, her designs experienced a storm in Exeter and beyond.

The café is open on Bartholomew Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday. But if you can’t come, don’t worry, you can order them online as well, to have hassle-free delivery to your mailbox.

The hairy barista, Totnes

Bright green cake with red apples and kale Cavalo Nero
Bright green cake with red apples and kale Cavalo Nero

For a cake that counts towards your five a day, look no further than The Hairy Barista on High Street in Totnes.

The beautifully presented herbal treats are all freshly made and handmade.

Choose from heavenly squares of chai latte cheesecake, peanut and caramel bars, chocolate, date and banana cakes, or a range of breakfast muffins.

Most of the products on offer are organic, refined sugar and gluten free, proving that you can really have your cake and eat it.

the Edgy Veggie, Totnes

Avant-garde vegetarian cuisine
Avant-garde vegetarian cuisine

While not strictly a cafe (they bring you the food), The Edgy Veggie is a vegetarian takeout that took off during lockdown.

It was started by Ruth Rae and her partner John, after Ruth was put on leave from her job as a conductor at Schumacher College.

Vegetarian and vegan meals are made from healthy, local ingredients. Enticing options include Thai curries, homemade pie, tomato and bean stew, cashew and apricot tagine, and smoked chili which can all be ordered online.

Cafe Daisy, Torquay

Complete English without meat at Daisy's
A healthier approach to full English at Daisy’s

Vegan black pudding – who would have thought! But at Daisy’s, you’ll find that and many more animal-free alternatives to some traditional favorites.

Along with the vegan breakfast (including vacon, not bacon), there is also an attic VLT with vegan mayonnaise as well as a range of animal-free burgers.

Fancy something sweet? Then discover the range of vegan waffles, ice creams and cakes. Or how about a slice of apple pie with vegan custard, or maybe a Lotus Biscoff freakshake topped with vegan “cream”?

Babbacombe Rd’s licensed cafe is open Wednesday through Sunday 9:30 am to 3:00 pm and Saturday evening from 6:30 pm.

The Green Man Café & Cakes, Chagford

The Green Man Cafe & Cakes
Deliciously vegan: a cupcake from The Green Man Cafe & Cakes

Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian, or indecisive, you’ll love the homemade cakes at this cozy cafe in Chagford. And dogs and muddy boots are also welcome.

Located on the High Street, there are also local, seasonal vegetarian options to eat in or take out.

The Oasis herbal restaurant, Paignton

Nikki Jordan-Watts and her family at Li’l Mamas Vegan Kitchen – from the left group, Malcolm, Asher, Siobhain, Kal, L’il Mama Nikki, Phoenix and Ocean.

The Oasis is a 100% vegan cafe in Paignton.

It’s run by former singer Nikki Jordan-Watts who became a chef because she couldn’t find the kind of tasty Caribbean vegan food she loves.

Highlights include Caribbean rotis and Gallo Pinto – a flavorful Costa Rican rice dish that can be served for breakfast or lunch.

There’s also a fully vegan breakfast, pancakes, and a selection of cakes.

In addition to Oasis, Nikki runs the famous vegan takeout delivery service L’il Mamas next to Palace Avenue.

Nourishing herbal coffee, Teignmouth

The inviting Nourish café in Teignmouth
The inviting Nourish café in Teignmouth

The people of Nourish not only do pretty much everything on their own, but they even cultivate some of it.

The menu includes soup bowls, tofu mixed vegetables and coconut curry served with brown rice and fresh flatbread, date and nut bread, and a whole host of vitamin goodies.

You’ll find it on Regents Street in Teignmouth.

Café Rio, Maidencombe beach

Cafe Rio, Maidencombe
Cafe Rio, Maidencombe

Nestled in the cliffs, this hidden gem offers a wide range of vegan and non-vegan snacks, including soup, paninis and cakes, made with local ingredients.

It’s also the perfect place for a dip or paddleboarding – and you can rent some, as well as kayaks.

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‘Too many cafes’ for Co-op to build another in Peak District tourist site

The plan to turn part of a large cooperative supermarket into a cooperative run cafe has sparked outrage among residents of a town in the Peak District.

A planning document for the Market Street store, Bakewell, was submitted to the Peak District National Park Authority and opened for public comment in December.

He says the new cafe would be formed from a section of the current supermarket.

As part of the formation of the new accessible cafe, a new storefront and entrance to the cafe would be required, along with outdoor seating.

The proposals have been the subject of criticism from community members on social media.

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Commenting on the public ‘Bakewell and surrounding villages’ Facebook page, one person said:’ Like we needed another, over 40 places to grab a cup of coffee, not counting the pubs.

A petition put together by Bakewell Petitions states that ‘Bakewell is known to be a historic market town, we DON’T need or want to be like every other high street in the UK.

In a letter attached to the planning document, a resident expresses concerns about the effect the cafe will have on local businesses.

His letter reads: “There is a cafe right in front of the front door of the co-op called the Upstairs Café, it has been established for 25 years. The cafe has really struggled to stay open during the pandemic and employs at least twelve people.

“The loss of custom that could result if the cooperative continues could be the last nail in the coffin.

“There are already sixteen cafes in Bakewell and there is little need for another.”

Some residents have defended the supermarket chain. Olly Driscoll said on Facebook: “It looks good and will bring in more jobs and clean up that shabby looking corner of Bakewell.”

Another local defended the proposal. She said: “I don’t see the problem because Bakewell is full of cafes anyway, mostly for tourists. They’re just trying to keep their business going after Aldi and Covid.”

Others praised the accessible nature of the cafe, pointing out that Bakewell’s other cafes are “too small or are upstairs.”

A decision date is set for early February, with the public comment period ending Monday, January 24.

The public can comment on the planning document which can be found on the Peak District online planning portal.

You can also find a link to the petition here.

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Glasgow Shops and cafes need more money to disrupt filming

While it is exciting to watch the shoot take place in the city center, there should be some compensation for local businesses for the disruption it causes.

The Merchant City is in constant use for filming, which frequently sees shops and cafes closing their doors due to disruptions.

Even with pedestrian access, it keeps pedestrians away from the area because people can no longer park.

Mr. Jenkins
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It is really time they put a ban on fireworks. The noise levels on New Years Eve and the following days in Glasgow’s Southside were horrendous.

Some of us are shift workers, please consider this.

Ms. Murphy

FIRST Bus will be offering a reduced service for the rest of the week, as the drivers are self-isolating.

I doubt that we, the passengers, will notice the difference. A bus is the only thing you’re very unlikely to catch in Glasgow right now.

P Duffy

I WANT to say how delighted I was to read an article in your journal about Lochend High School creating barista classes for students.

Often times, schools focus way too much on pushing students towards college when they graduate, whether it is in their best interests or not, so I’m happy to know that students at this school are also prepared for it. world of work.

S Thorpe

Our article in yesterday’s newspaper on the council’s budget got some talking …

“The KEY priorities are to fight inequalities and poverty in the city and to help economic recovery after the pandemic”.

Is this why they cut funding for Citizens Advice Bureaux? Almost to close five.

How are people supposed to recover without guidance and support?

The board embezzled our assets, privatized profits to arm’s length organizations, and publicized the debt.

In my opinion, we have had a capitalist city since the communes became businesses. Successive advisers have just nodded through policies to allow this to happen and poverty continues to grow.

People make Glasgow – they break it.

Anna marie doonan

THE council must stop wasting taxpayer money. The city is a mess.

We don’t need the more millions spent on unnecessary cycle paths that are not being used.

The SNP must regain control and stop its repressive and deliberately damaging rules.

Therese Ann McGinlay

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Cafe owner takes a stand against government vaccine pass system

Kim Jong-min, the owner of a cafe in Bucheon, Gyeonggi, has a paper notice saying “Unvaccinated people do not carry viruses.” Kim has offered free coffee to unvaccinated people and said he will continue to do so until the government withdraws the vaccine pass policy. [HAM MIN-JUNG]

Kim Jong-min, 35, owner of a cafe in Bucheon, Gyeonggi, recently launched a campaign offering free coffee to unvaccinated people.

“The government’s vaccine pass system triggers discrimination between those vaccinated and those who choose not to be vaccinated,” Kim told the Korea JoongAng Daily on Wednesday. “Some are kicked out of restaurants and cafes just for not being vaccinated.”

“It’s not bad that people choose not to get the vaccine,” Kim added. “I started the campaign because I wanted to encourage them not to be intimidated by their decision.”

Under the government’s vaccine pass policy that took effect on December 13, restaurants, bars, cafes or any other public facility where people congregate are required to check the immunization status of their clients. Only those who can provide proof of their vaccination status at least 14 days after their second injection, or a negative PCR test performed within 48 hours can enter these facilities. Vaccine passes are not required for individuals using these facilities alone.

Customers who violate the policy may be fined 100,000 won ($ 84.50), while the owner of an establishment or store may be fined 1.5 million won. if caught for the first time and 3 million won if caught again.

They will also be subject to a 10-day trade ban if caught violating the policy for the first time, which will increase to 20 days if caught a second time and three months for a third. They will be completely closed if they violate the policy a fourth time.

To avoid possible sanctions, some companies do not accept unvaccinated customers. Many people have shared their experiences of eviction from restaurants and cafes on online communities.

Kim’s campaign has gone viral, drawing the attention of many across the country, especially those who are not vaccinated. Some visit Kim’s cafe to show their support, while others shop from her online and leave words of encouragement on their orders.

“The reason people visit my cafe isn’t just to get a free cup of coffee. Their intention is to support me and my campaign, ”Kim said. “I want unvaccinated people to be confident in their decision. ”

Kim has distributed around 30 free coffees so far.

The online orders Kim has received contain messages of encouragement for her campaign against the vaccine pass system from customers. [HAM MIN-JUNG]

The online orders Kim has received contain messages of encouragement for her campaign against the vaccine pass system from customers. [HAM MIN-JUNG]

But he added that he had also received criticism from people who argue that vaccinations are essential not only for themselves but for others. Kim had posted a notice in his cafe that said “Unvaccinated people don’t carry viruses,” but had to withdraw it at the request of Coffee Bay, the franchise company he contracted with.

“I’ll never get the vaccine,” Kim said. “It normally takes 7 to 10 years to develop a new drug because it takes time to see side effects. Making a safe vaccine in just a year doesn’t make sense to me at all. ”

“I think the government has its own good reasons for proposing Covid-19 measures, and I respect them,” Kim said. “But what I can say with confidence is that the vaccine pass system is bogus. Although I have withdrawn the notice, I will continue the campaign until the government withdraws the policy.

People like Kim argue that they cannot fully trust the safety of Covid-19 vaccines. About 13,500 people are believed to have died after receiving vaccines on December 1. However, only two of those cases were recognized as vaccine-related deaths by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency. Some 1,200 people have had serious reactions after being vaccinated, but only five have been recognized as related to the vaccine by the government.

Others choose not to get the vaccine for personal reasons, such as pregnant women who are worried about the effects the vaccine might have on their babies, and some who are studying for big exams and worried the side effects might bother. their schedule.

“My doctor has told me not to get the vaccine before giving birth, but people are treating me like I’m selfish and potentially carrying the virus,” said a 31-year-old pregnant woman named Jin who lives in Gangnam District, in the south of the country. Seoul. “The government has not included pregnant women in the exempt category, so I have to do a PCR test every time I have an appointment. The queue takes at least an hour each time.

“I once showed the negative result to enter a restaurant and the owner jumped at my throat to find out why I had not been vaccinated,” Jin told the Korea JoongAng Daily. “The owner’s attitude was very offensive. It is no exaggeration to say that I cannot lead a normal life since the introduction of the vaccine pass system. ”

On December 28, a woman in her twenties, who said she was not vaccinated and was looking for work, filed an online petition on the Maison Bleue, demanding that the government remove the vaccine pass system which “unleashes hatred and discrimination”.

“Unvaccinated people are not the virus, please don’t have to feel guilty when we socialize with vaccinated people,” the post read.

She added that she was not offered a job after it was revealed that she was not vaccinated during the final interview.

“Please allow all people, whether vaccinated or not, to overcome the situation completely rather than showing hatred and aversion towards each other. ”

There were over 200 messages demanding the removal of the vaccine pass system on the Blue House petition website as of December 29.

Some 500 self-employed workers staged a protest in central Seoul’s Gwanghwamun on December 22, urging the government to remove the vaccine pass system. The protest was organized by the Korean Federation of Microenterprises.

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Cat café ‘Crumbs and Whiskers’ asks President Biden to have a kitten

The owners of the business recommended that the first family adopt a homeless cat that was once in danger of being euthanized.

“Our black and white 9 month old baby with the cutest face. Mr. Sweetie loves to play with toys, and if you start to give him affection, he will melt in your arms! (Courtesy of Crumbs & Whiskers)

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Our 6 month old orange and white tabby.  He is incredibly affectionate and will give you head butt to convince you to stroke him.  He even loves to turn around and let you touch his stomach.

“Our 6 month old orange and white tabby. He is incredibly affectionate and will give you head butt to convince you to stroke him. He even loves to turn around and let you touch his stomach. (Courtesy of Crumbs & Whiskers)

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Our very playful 1 year and 4 month old tabby cat.  He especially likes chasing the sparkler or playing cuckoo!  Whenever he is sleepy he tries to snuggle up to everyone!

“Our very playful 1 year and 4 month tabby. He especially likes chasing the sparkler or playing cuckoo! Whenever he is sleepy he tries to snuggle up to everyone! (Courtesy of Crumbs & Whiskers)

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9 months old and loves to stretch out more than anything.  He is very playful most of the day but will absolutely love the scratched neck!

“9 months old and loves to stretch out more than anything. He is very playful most of the day but will absolutely love the scratched neck! (Courtesy of Crumbs & Whiskers)

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President Biden has had a new German Shepherd puppy named Commander, but the folks who run Georgetown’s “Crumbs and Whiskers” cat and cat cafe are having a little fun welcoming a new feline friend to the House. White.

The owners of the business recommended that the first family adopt a homeless cat that was once in danger of being euthanized.

The cafe said it has a number of cats to choose from, including Mr. Sweetie, a 9 month old black and white baby, a few tabby cats named Mario and Walter, or a black cat named Inky.

“There are rumors that the new First Dog, Commander, is looking for a feline friend to keep him company in the White House,” a Crumbs and Whiskers spokesperson told WTOP.

The cafe, a short walk from the White House, said it would like to see one of its adopted kittens – America’s First Family Kitten (KOTUS).

“We would love President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden to come meet the ‘perfect’ presidential kitten to complete their family of pets,” said Kanchan, owner of Crumbs & Kitten Cafes & Cafes. Whiskers in DC and Los Angeles, California.

Crumbs & Whiskers is partnering with Homeward Trails, a cat rescue nonprofit, to prevent euthanasia of cats and provide ‘comfortable, clean and free’ environments. The organization currently has around 25 cats and kittens in DC ready for adoption.

Editor’s Note: For the sake of balance, WTOP would like to remind you that there are several pets, including cats, available for adoption in the DC area. Previous reporting on PupOTUS Commander joining Biden’s White House should not be construed as biased towards any particular puppy or kitten. The OMCP has not contacted the White House for comment on KOTUS.

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Marywood’s Fireplace Lounge Cafe gets a makeover for the coming semester – The Wood Word

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Building walls demarcate the cafe as it undergoes renovations.

Since the start of the fall semester 2021, a large black curtain has surrounded the cafe on the upper floor of Nazareth Hall. During the weekend of October 9, timber construction walls were erected to block the area.

Many students are curious about what will happen to the cafe.

The cafe sold the usual coffee items such as coffee and pastries. It was a place where students could go between classes, have coffee, and sit down to chat.

The cafe has been closed since 2017, when Starbucks was first introduced to the Learning Commons. Starbucks quickly became a big hit, and with more and more students revolving around Starbucks, the Nazareth Cafe was closed.

Since then, few people hang out in the living room by the fireplace. The great room has chairs and tables to sit on, but the space is generally quiet and empty.

The Marywood University Buildings and Grounds Department saw potential in the Great Hall and open cafe. They felt that the room could be improved and used again for the students to relax.

According to Wendy Yankelitis, director of Buildings and Grounds, the old cafe will turn into a “winner and go,” selling smoothies, milkshakes, sandwiches, salads and more. The idea is for it to be something new and unique from a traditional cafe or Starbucks.

Yankelitis also says the new grab and go will be run and managed by Chartwells, the same company that runs Starbucks.

“We work hard on a daily basis to attract staff to all of our facilities. Every effort will be made to staff the two establishments, ”said Louis Mazza, director of catering services.

Chartwells has also agreed to pay for some of the upgrades to the new cafe. Reconstruction began at the end of October.

The original plan was to open it by the end of the fall semester, but Yankelitis felt it shouldn’t be rushed.

“The goal is to open it for the start of the spring semester,” Yankelitis said. “It will give the students something to look forward to when they return. ”

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Restaurants and cafes that opened in Derby this year

Since restaurants were given the green light to reopen, Derbyshire’s food scene has rebounded bigger and better than ever.

Although indoor dining is not allowed until May of this year, the county has seen a number of new restaurants open and offer a range of cuisines ranging from Indian to Greek.

It has been a trying year, filled with setbacks and uncertainty for hospitality venues, so those who have successfully started a new business and are currently booming are worth celebrating.

Overview of the new restaurants that have marked the city this year.

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Nicco, Derby Pride Park

Nicco Restaurant and Bar

This Indian restaurant and cocktail bar opened in November on the site of the old Chiquito venue, following a massive renovation worth around half a million pounds.

Owner Sanj Kumar serves Indian dishes with a twist, including street food, curries and tapas to share.

Learn more about Nicco here.

Zorba in the Cathedral Quarter

Zorba was a much anticipated addition to Derby city center this year
Zorba was a much anticipated addition to Derby city center this year

Owner Nadeem Ullah, who runs Zorba The Greek Tavern in Chelmsford, Essex, expanded his business by opening a second branch in Derby in October.

The announcement of its opening has created a buzz of excitement among locals, and so far it has certainly lived up to their expectations.

Read what happened when we took a Greek person to review Zorba.

Burgerhood, Osmaston Road

Burgerhood welcomed its first customers at the end of July this year
Burgerhood welcomed its first customers at the end of July this year

Open at the end of July, Burgerhood offers burgers.

It replaced the much-loved Nicky’s Fish Bar, so it had some chunky shoes to fill in, but it certainly impresses locals so far.

Read our Burgerhood review here.

Mezzo, Derby Pride Park

Mezzo first opened on Thursday, May 20
Mezzo first opened on Thursday, May 20

Mezzo serves fresh and healthy food and has built a solid reputation in a short time at Pride Park, so much so that even Derby County players have had to try it.

The Mixing House, Friar Gate

Opening of the Mixing House at Friar Gate
Opening of the Mixing House at Friar Gate

This new rooftop bar offers an exclusive range of cocktails alongside Let’s Taco Bout It, the street food vendor selling Mexican food.

Feed me burgers

Feed Me, which specializes in serving burgers and cocktails, opened on Victoria Street in the city center in June
Feed Me, which specializes in serving burgers and cocktails, opened on Victoria Street in the city center in June

Offering cocktails and burgers on Victoria Street in the city center, Feed Me Burgers has become a must visit in Derby.

Kitchen n ° 7

Kitchen n ° 7, Friargate Derby
Kitchen n ° 7, Friargate Derby

This family-run business offers fresh, home-cooked meals to the people of Derby.

It opened on August 7 of this year.

Salon de Pyclet

Derby's Pyclet lounge returned to the city center after an 18-month absence when a new cafe opened in the Cathedral Quarter this year
Derby’s Pyclet lounge returned to the city center after an 18-month absence when a new cafe opened in the Cathedral Quarter this year

After six years in the Victorian Derby Market, the Pyclet Salon moved to the Cathedral Quarter.

Offering take-out street food, this little gem is popular with downtown residents.

Cafe Villabella

Café Villabella opened to customers in September
Café Villabella opened to customers in September

This little Italian cafe opened in September and brings the Italian Riviera to downtown Derby,

Sacred Bean Coffee

Launched at the Derby Community Hub, this social enterprise is pioneering and led by people who overcome life control issues.

They work with people who have been socially excluded and overcome challenges such as homelessness, criminal behavior and drug addiction.

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International Cafe in Colombia closes after more than 30 years

International Cafe, a delicious favorite among new and old customers, plans to close its doors for good this week after 32 years of service.

Regardless of the time of day, Venezuelan-Libyan couple Elizabeth Hernandez-Gumati and Mohamed Gumati have welcomed customers to their restaurant for over three decades with the savory scent of their famous gyros and falafels permeating the air.

The classic, stripped-down look lets people know at first glance: the emphasis is on the food.

As the co-owners cook and clean between orders, they look up to see who comes in, asking for the order before either party makes it to the register.

They have worked hard to make the coffee the best it can be.

Now they will enter the long awaited chapter of retirement.

“It’s bittersweet,” Elizabeth said. “We had no idea that so many people cared.”

Mohamed Gumati, left, jokes as he serves longtime Columbia customer Tim Hawks over lunch at the International Cafe, which will close this week.

Elizabeth and Mohamed have owned and operated International Cafe since 1989, serving Middle Eastern cuisine to a wide range of customers.

“People have come from all over to say goodbye,” Mohamed said.

Since the December 8 announcement of the restaurant’s closure at 26 S. Ninth St. by the end of 2021, individuals and families in central Missouri and outside Kansas City and Chicago came one last time. meal.

One moment that stood out was a couple who walked in, both with tears in their eyes.

“They had their first date here,” Elizabeth said.

This couple has since married and had children. They decided they had to take their kids to the restaurant that started their relationship.

Mohamed Gumati slices gyroscopic meat for an international cafe lunch order.

“We don’t have to say what makes this place special,” said guest Carol Greenspan, who dined at the cafe on Tuesday. “Our smiles say it all.”

Greenspan and his longtime friend Jeff Vrotemarkle have been coming to the restaurant roughly every two weeks since it opened.

The two usually stick to the same order, a chicken gyro and a lentil soup.

“If they don’t have lentils, any soup will do,” said Greenspan. “I don’t eat lima beans, but I will eat their lima bean soup.”

Melissa Alpers-Springer and Mark Kelty have been coming to the cafe for at least 20 years, they said. Both are teachers – one in Fulton and the other in Fayette – but try to cross paths at least once a month over their favorite meal and Turkish coffee.

“It makes us sad, but we understand that they want to retire,” Alpers-Springer said.

Kelty’s usual order is a falafel sandwich with lentil soup, in memory of Alpers-Springer’s late husband. When her husband was undergoing chemotherapy, he always wanted the lentil soup from the cafe after his treatments.

International Cafe co-owner Elizabeth Hernandez-Gumati heats up tortillas to make chicken gyros.

Although the co-owners said they don’t have a set date for their last day of activity, they said it will be in the last week of the year.

The two plan to relax, exercise and travel in their new retirement days, and they will be visiting their families, Elizabeth said. Taking vacations together has been difficult during their years of operating the restaurant.

“It was either me with the kids or him with them,” she said. “One of us must always be there.”

They look forward to spending time with family and friends without rushing, they said.

“It was exhausting but beautiful,” Elizabeth said of running the cafe.

The couple have continually expressed that they weren’t aware of the impact they were having on so many people until they made their closing announcement.

Mohamed Gumati prepares to serve two orders of tabbouleh salad during lunch at Café International.

Since then, they have received overwhelming words of support.

“People said to me, ‘Give me your address so I can come and eat at your place,'” she said with a smile.

During their free time in 2022 and beyond, Elizabeth said they plan to continue cooking, but for loved ones and without the stress of daily restaurant operations.

Since the announcement, they have been busier than ever, she said.

The two agreed that their favorite part of their trip with International Cafe was the longtime friendships made and the chance to serve food to all kinds of people.

While Mohamed has yet to cry over the coming end of an era, tears will flow the day the restaurant closes for good, he said.

“We appreciate everyone for all these years,” Elizabeth said. “It was very moving.”

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Owners sell Real Food Café to partner restaurants

Both Real Food Café locations have been sold to a group of local restaurants.

Husband-wife co-owners and co-founders Frank and Renee Amodeo have sold their longtime restaurants, Real Food Café at 2419 Eastern Ave. SE in Grand Rapids and 3514 Plainfield Ave. NE in Grand Rapids Township, to Jeff Lobdell, owner of Restaurant Partners, according to a Facebook post on Nov. 17 by Lobdell.

The Amodeos told the Business Journal they were ready to “move on to the next chapter.”

“We… have found solace in Lobdell and his company as they have a good reputation for caring for staff and guests in their other transitions that we have seen,” the couple said. “We cannot thank our staff and guests enough for all of their support over the years and the wonderful memories we have all created together. “

Les Amodeos founded Real Food Café in 2000 with the first location in the Algiers Heights neighborhood of Grand Rapids on Eastern Avenue SE. They then added the second location on Northland Drive in 2006, which moved to Plainfield Avenue NE in 2016.

“The Real Food Café locations are award-winning breakfast and lunch restaurants (which) are some of the best breakfast spots in all of Western Michigan,” Lobdell said. “Real Food Café is operated by longtime, loyal staff members who work as a team to serve their customers and their community. There are many similarities between these local treasures which can be compared to many of our favorite and award winning local places.

“Together, our 4GR8Food brands and these wonderful establishments will continue to serve our communities and provide hospitality, food and safe places to gather for the neighborhoods in which we all operate. “

Restaurant Partners owns and operates five independent locations in Traverse City and 13 independent locations in the Grand Rapids area. Its brands are listed on the company’s website,

Lobdell said in comments on another post that Restaurant Partners will update the cafe’s point-of-sale system to allow credit card payments. Restaurants have long been known to operate only in cash.

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Covid 19 Delta outbreak: cafe owner reduced to tears after anti-vaxxer homophobic abuse


Cathryn Baragwanath, owner of 39 Gillies Cafe in Kawakawa, is making an emotional appeal to government ministers to help businesses that are being abused due to restrictions on the traffic light system. Video / Cathryn Baragwanath

Originally posted by Māori Television

Cathryn Baragwanath (Ngāti Hine) is the owner of Café 39 Gillies in Kawakawa and says she’s representative of what’s happening to hotel workers in New Zealand – and it’s getting out of hand.

“We have had small attacks daily and we can resist them. But the daily attacks when we request the vax pass are not activated.”

The 46-year-old, who became a lesbian 30 years ago at the age of 16, says she has never experienced homophobia before, especially in her own community in the Far North of Kawakawa.

In an interview with Te Ao Māori News, she said that she and his wife, Olive Brown, have been running the cafe for six years and that on Sunday their sexuality was used in an attempt to overthrow them.

“I was ashamed, I felt like I was 16 and going out again. I felt like I was gay – everywhere with a vaccine pass,” she said .

In a moving video posted to the cafe’s Instagram page, she described her frustration and is looking for ways to protect herself and her staff.

She has filed a complaint with the police and hopes this process will provide some respite.

Cathryn Baragwanath described her frustration in a moving video posted to her cafe's Instagram page.  Screenshot / Café 39 Gillies, Instagram
Cathryn Baragwanath described her frustration in a moving video posted to her cafe’s Instagram page. Screenshot / Café 39 Gillies, Instagram

“If I had Jacinda [Ardern]the number, I would have called him and said, “I’m going to give them a coffee, it’s not worth the attack.”

In Northland, 83% of the eligible population has been vaccinated, but for the Maori of Te Tai Tokerau it is 73%. Although Baragwanath says she supports efforts to get people vaccinated, it comes at a cost.

“We support the kaupapa. We understand that we need to have safe communities. But on Sunday our lives were threatened, our livelihoods were threatened.

“We were bombarded even for our business on the Google review. We didn’t know how to report it to Google.”

Cafe 39 Gillies in Kawakawa.
Cafe 39 Gillies in Kawakawa.

Although Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins has not given advice to business owners facing these issues, he sent a message to customers at his press conference today.

“We are heading into Christmas, relax, be kind and understanding.

“Give our hospo a little slack – they’re doing their job. It’s hard work, it’s been a few tough years for them, so enjoy the holiday season,” he said.

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Aberdeen Beach Cafes Prepare to Fight Starbucks

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Kirby cafe in Japan gets a special New Years dish


Kirby Cafe in Japan is adding a whole new dish to its lineup to celebrate the upcoming New Year. Anyone who visits will soon be able to order an omurice dish featuring the character Waddle Dee.

This special Waddle Dee omurice dish will be available to order from January 1, 2022 and will last until coffee runs out. It is priced at 2,178 yen.

It will even be served on a mini souvenir Kirby plate that customers can keep after their meal. The plate is not for sale otherwise, so ordering the omurice dish is the only way to get one.

Below you can see some photos of the Waddle Dee New Years omurice dish, which consists of an omelet made from fried rice and scrambled eggs.

Of course, the Kirby Cafe has plenty of other adorable menu items besides the New Years dish Waddle Dee. In fact, there is currently a special limited-time winter menu featuring Kirby and other characters from the series at the restaurant.

If you’re unfamiliar with Kirby Cafe, there are three locations in Japan: two in Tokyo and one in Fukuoka. If you can’t take a trip to enjoy the Waddle Dee omurice dish, you can follow the cafe Twitter messages to see lots of photos of their food and wares.

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spicy + OFDA architects revive the city of mount fuji with a new cafe

the nearest town to mt fuji is revitalized

one of the most popular places to photograph mount fuji is the location of this Coffee designed by spicy architects in collaboration with OFDA. in the Japanese fujiyoshida town, many tourists flock to a shopping street called honcho-dori avenue where the snow-capped peak can be seen from a perfect angle.

before it became a must-see, the city was known for its 1,000-year history of producing high-quality textiles. architects say that today the once flourishing Honcho-Dori Avenue is almost deserted and dotted with closed shops and vacant houses. this project called ‘kissa lemon’ aims to revitalize the local community, stimulate other new activities and bring additional investments.

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kissa citron was made for tokyo-based designers lemon life, who also run the place. their idea was to create a space where local leaders who are committed to the future of the city of Fujiyoshida and the creative talent of Tokyo can mingle. in response, Spicy Architects and OFDA inserted two stage-shaped structures into the vacant building.

the first structure is a concrete plinth to reinforce the foundations of the building on the elevation facing the street. this façade also has a 7,280mm by 2,400mm timber frame on the raised floor to make it resemble a stage. the daily activities that take place inside the cafe are shown to passers-by like a movie. Meanwhile, the raised plinth at the front allows locals and tourists to sit, reviving the street.

spicy + OFDA architects revive the city of mount fuji with a new cafe
the new cafe is located on honcho-dori avenue in fujiyoshida

the second “step” is the raised open kitchen counter, which is designed to allow customers to see what’s going on inside the kitchen from every corner. polycarbonate panels suspended from a ceiling work like a reflector, distributing light all around the space and providing energy to people in the kitchen. the material and shape of the counter is kept simple to bring out the interaction between the chef and the guests.

“I hope that these structures will bring out the energies of the chef, staff and guests and that the vibrant tea room brings life back to the streets and to the neighborhood in the future.” said ryo yamamoto of the spicy architects.

spicy + OFDA architects revive the city of mount fuji with a new cafe
passers-by can watch what’s going on inside the tearoom, like a movie

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Repair cafes could help boost Cornish shopping streets – EnvironmentJournal

Repair cafes and ‘neighborhoods 20 minutes away’ could help revitalize Cornish shopping streets, according to a new report from the University of Exeter.

Researchers scanned initiatives around the world to find ideas that might work in Cornwall.

He says initiatives such as the US Main Street program – where older buildings are revitalized, 20-minute neighborhoods in Australia – where everything people use to live and work is within easy distance and Repair Cafés are within easy reach. Amsterdam and France all offer learning opportunities for Cornish shopping streets. .

The report says repair cafes are said to be popular due to growing awareness of environmental issues and the popularity of purchasing locally made products.

The researchers found that creating experiences in the spaces was essential, as well as involving the public in their development.

Phoebe Lawlor, lead author of the study, said: “Main streets are vibrant places when they have a social element, where they are places with purpose, fun and a community spirit. many main streets at the moment.

“As popular as internet shopping is, the thrill of seeing a beautiful dress in a shop window and being able to touch the fabric and try on before buying or admiring a work of art in a gallery and browsing a bookstore for finding the perfect book are times that can never be replaced online.

“The main street has to evolve and rise into something more than the same few stores, the next step is essential. Retailers now have a central place in changing the future of real shopping by scaling up, buying responsibly, stimulating and engaging customers with attractive and inviting storefronts and good merchandising while having a warm welcome and offering good customer service, which makes it a retail experience.

“Consumers must remain the priority, and without an effective plan there is a risk that the shopping streets will remain or become desolate and lifeless. Shopping is no longer the way to perpetuate a shopping street, it is now necessary to offer more to customers. ‘

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Dutch cannabis cafes see increased activity during COVID-19 pandemic

Customers walk in and out of cafes in The Hague, as the cannabis trade booms despite current restrictions on coronaviruses.

Whether it’s to calm their anxiety or ease the boredom of the past two years, many shoppers say their consumption has increased during the pandemic.

When the Netherlands first closed its doors in March 2020, there were scenes of ‘weed panic’ with long queues in front of cafes, the Dutch term for cannabis cafes. .

But while access to bars, restaurants and nightclubs has been severely limited, cafes have been able to remain open, mainly for take-out.

Since 1976, the Netherlands has tolerated the consumption of cannabis, hashish, weed and other products that can be purchased in coffeeshops.

The Hague, seat of the Dutch government, has around 30.

A survey by Trimbos, a mental health and addictions research institute, found that 90 percent of Dutch cannabis users had smoked the same or more since the start of the pandemic. Three quarters smoked every day.

“So it’s not about people who want to get high, to get away from it all. Rather, it’s a way of dealing with everyday anxiety,” said Stephen Snelders, historian of drug use.

Similar changes in tobacco and opium use have been seen during historic plague epidemics in the Netherlands, he added.

During the stress of a pandemic, “a little brain party is always nice,” agrees Gerard Smit, who runs the Cremers coffeeshop in The Hague. “There is nothing wrong with having one (a joint) while watching Netflix.”

However, the coronavirus restrictions have emptied many famous smokehouses and smoke-filled cafes. “We love each other, but we don’t give each other more joints,” said Smit.

Take-out sales are booming, however.

“For most coffee shops, this pandemic is quite beneficial, yes. People stay at home more, they smoke more, profit more because there is nothing to do. So yes, the coffee shops are very well spent, “he added.

“COVID has been good for us,” smiles Carmelita, owner of No Limit Coffeeshop in The Hague.

“The only profession that is happy with COVID is coffeeshops,” she continued.

The No Limit Coffeeshop also saw the number of its customers increase during the pandemic, from 300 to 350 customers per day to 500.

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Val Demings Stops At Cuban Cafe In West Tampa, Talks About Latin American Voting, Sings Happy Birthday

Bella canasi had a lot of birthdays. Saturday was his 93rd.

And like most Saturdays, the Cuban-born Canasi who has lived in Tampa since 1961, sat at a long table at Arco Iris Restaurant and Cafe in West Tampa with her family, sometimes five generations, for a café con leche. , cubano tostada, huevos con salchicha and maybe some plantanos.

But this year, she was also treated to a special serenade.

“Alright, are we doing that?” US Representative for the Orlando Area and Democratic Senate Candidate Val Demings request. “We are doing this together. “

Next, Demings and State Sen. Janet Cruz, standing right behind her, leaned over to Canasi and sang the song Happy Birthday as the great-great-grandmother looked up with a smile.

“It was so exciting,” Canasi said. “I feel like I’m more popular than the mayor right now.”

The Arco Iris stop was Demings’ first in West Tampa and was part of a day spent in the Bay Area that included scheduled meetings with the Mayor of Tampa Jane beaver and mayor-elect of St. Petersburg Ken welch. The trip ended in a campaign evening for Cruz.

West Tampa is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods and still largely populated by Cubans and Latinos who settled in the area at the turn of the 20th century. Demings, a former police chief, is running against the outgoing US Senator. Marco rubio in 2022. A November statewide poll St. Pete Polls showed Rubio led Demings by 51% to 44% with around 5% of respondents undecided. As for Latino voters, the Miami-born Cuban earns a few more points over Demings, leading her from 54% to 41%.

Florida’s Latin vote, once seen as a monolith and now recognized as itself deeply nuanced, has been coveted by Democrats who have recently struggled to hold the vote. Led largely by South Florida, Donald trump managed to get 55% of the Latin American vote is an unsuccessful candidacy for re-election.

But Demings said she was confident she could reach out to the often socialist and suspicious Cubans and Venezuelans who moved further to the right, as well as more moderate, left-leaning Latino groups like Puerto Ricans. Demings said her experience as a social worker and law enforcement officer for 27 years allowed her to learn to communicate with various communities.

“You know, I have Puerto Ricans in my neighborhood, Cuban-Americans in my neighborhood. Venezuelans, Colombians and others, ”Demings said. “And I’m going to talk to them and set an agenda that’s theirs, not mine.”

In Puerto Rico, she said, this includes continued recovery from crippling debt and devastating storms

“I actually visited the island right after the storm,” she said. “They are still trying to recover. Always try to make sure that their businesses are intact. Make sure they are safe. They are in good health. Make sure they have access.

She said she had organized two roundtables with members of the Cuban-American community

“We support their quest for freedom on the island. And to hear their stories of how generations go, how they still have family in Cuba and how they are certainly very concerned about internet access, ”Demings said. “When they send money, their families can receive that money and it is not skimmed off by the government. Make sure we support our protesters. May they not be subjected to violence … And as an elected representative, certainly in the Senate, we must be directly responsible or responsive to them.

And when it comes to Canasi, Deming can count on at least one voice of a Cuban.

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At-Home Cafe opens its largest maid cafe in Akihabara

At-Home Cafe, Japan’s largest and most popular maid café chain, opens new flagship store in Tokyo otaku paradise, Akihabara. The chain’s ninth store will open in February 2022 on the fifth floor of the Akiba Cultures Zone shopping complex. The whole coffee is adorned with pink, following the concept of the brand of moe, a Japanese otaku term that describes the warm, fuzzy feeling of meeting a pretty maid or seeing an adorable anime character.

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The new cafe has a reception area – which looks more like a Rococo-style lounge – to guide customers to their designated seats.

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The new store will have around 100 seats, divided into two separate sections. Section A (see image above) features a large stage with a large LED screen, as well as four rows of seats and a few low tables in the back.

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As in other At Home Cafe branches, the seats are arranged in a theatrical fashion, so that visitors can focus on the stage performances. That’s right – in addition to serving drinks and food, the maids also give singing and dancing performances.

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Section B has a similar design, with three rows of seats, plus a few cafe tables in the back, just like Section A.

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Again, you’ll find a stage set up at the front, while large portraits of maids adorn the walls.

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The souvenir shop currently located on the second floor of the chain’s main cafe in Akihabara will also be moved to the new flagship store.

For more information, check out the official home coffee site.

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Everyone is welcome at the Catalyst Cafe in Everett

Turn off the busy Colby Ave thoroughfare in Everett, and in the middle of the quiet 23rd Side Street neighborhood is the Catalyst Cafe, an all-inclusive local gathering space creating significant change in Snohomish County.

At first glance, it looks like any other cafe in the neighborhood with a warm, inviting and welcoming vibe. Catalyst Cafe is all of this and more. Her main mission and the motivation of owner Adair Gearhart is to welcome everyone, regardless of gender identity, sexuality or race.

“I wanted to create a place where I would feel comfortable going and welcoming other people,” said Gearhart, a non-binary transgender man who works diligently for LGBTQ rights.

Gearhart prefers to use the them / them pronouns and currently serves as the chair of the PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbian and Gay) Everett chapter. Recently, their chapter was contacted by the Tulalip Tribe to help establish the first Two-Spirit Pride event, which will take place in the near future. A collaboration dear to Gearhart’s heart, as they have family ties to the Sinixt tribe located in eastern Washington.

On the front door of the cafe is a Black Lives Matter sticker, and in the front window flashes an “open” sign illuminated in the colors of the rainbow. These are subtle but powerful signs that this is a safe space, and all of them are included here. Above the sandwich counter there is a message in the Sinixt language, Way ‘Sl’axt, which translates to “Welcome friends”. This is also the message that Gearhart chose as the wifi password.

But don’t expect this restaurant to be filled with rainbows, unicorns, and glitter. That’s not the vibe Gearhart seeks – the cafe is filled with retro card tables and high-backed chairs giving it more of a bistro feel. One person sits at a window corner table eating a sandwich while others come and go in a constant stream of activity, either ordering their oat milk lattes or their vegan sandwich to go . Catalyst Cafe caters to vegan options as well as gluten-free or sugar-free needs, encompassing more of an inclusive dining experience.

Gearhart strives “to make it a place where everyone feels normalized, accepted and equal.” Until the interior and the furnishings. Gearhart feels like “we are this neighborhood cafe, everyone is hanging out.”

Catalyst Cafe opened on November 2, 2021, with a smooth opening and has exceeded Gearhart’s expectations since then. The cafe is open every day but on Mondays and the word got around. Gearhart has already built up a fan base of locals and regulars.

“I love all my regulars,” they said with their infectious enthusiasm.

It is this enthusiasm that has become the hallmark of Catalyst Cafe, as well as the passion of Gearhart. It’s contagious. A grand opening is scheduled for January 11, 2022 – so mark your calendar!

Gearhart also follows their speech. They talk about creating change while being president of the local PFLAG, they donate their time and energy to several self-help projects in the area and donate leftover food to the community pantry (a resource for people in food insecure situation) located inside the Everett Community College campus. All of these individually make the difference, but collectively contribute to real, concrete change every day within the Gearhart community.

And Catalyst Cafe is an extension of Gearhart’s energy for community projects along with the passion for creating a fairer, more just world – all causes worth supporting a small business.

As for Gearhart’s future plans, they are hoping to see Catalyst Cafe expand and possibly open or expand a second store. For now, they are well located and happy to be part of the businesses in the “Bayside” neighborhood of Everett.

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Michael Mazur convicted of murder of Brooklyn café owner Joshua Rubin

One of the men charged with the brutal murder of Brooklyn café owner Joshua Rubin on Halloween in 2011 has been sentenced to federal prison.

Michael Mazur, 27, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for his participation in the planned robbery and murder of Rubin, who was shot and killed over a pound of marijuana more than 10 years ago.

Mazur, along with Kevin Taylor, 28, and Gary Robles, 38, planned to rob Rubin by luring him into a McDonald Avenue apartment in Brooklyn under the pretext of buying marijuana. Robles agreed to bring a gun, while Mazur stood outside as a lookout.

When Rubin entered the apartment, Taylor and Robles asked him to hand over the marijuana. When he refused, Robles shot and killed Rubin.

The three then stuffed Rubin’s body into the trunk of a car. They drove into the Pennsylvania countryside where they put his body in a trash can, sprayed it with a fire accelerator, and set the body on fire. They then returned to New York in the early morning hours of November 1.

Prosecutors said the trio could have saved Rubin’s life if they had sought medical help – instead of trying to cover up the crime.

Prosecutors argued that Rubin’s killers could have saved his life if they had sought medical help instead of covering up the crime.

Rubin’s burnt corpse was discovered in a wooded area near Allentown the next day, but the case remained cold for years. The three men were arrested in 2020 after Taylor paid secret money to prevent a potential witness from targeting him, officials said.

Over 230 pounds of marijuana and approximately $ 200,000 were found at Mazur’s home at the time of his arrest.

In September, Mazur pleaded guilty to robbery. Taylor and Robles each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit robbery and robbery in Manhattan federal court for the murder. Taylor also pleaded for one count of witness tampering.

“Thanks to our law enforcement partners and special agents in my office, Mazur will now be serving a long prison sentence for his ruthless crime,” US Attorney Damian Williams said in a statement Monday.

Taylor and Robles are set to be sentenced on January 3. They both face up to 20 years in prison.

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Cafe owner forced to shut down expensive business

A popular cafe that reopened just 16 days before the first lockdown was forced to close after Covid-19 hit the independent business.

Sami Mannings took over Wirral-based cafe The Willow Tree last year.

The Willow Tree has been on Main Street in Liscard just behind the Cherry Tree Mall for three decades, and some of the staff have been working there since day one.

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Sami’s husband Jay worked at the popular cafe as a chef for eight years, and Sami also did many temporary shifts during this time.

She said staff members arrived for their shift in February last year to find the locks had been changed and the owner had “disappeared”.

Sami, 33, told ECHO: “It was a huge shock, the staff just showed up to find out that the locks had been changed and found a note from a bailiff.

“When that happened, I told myself and my husband that I could have a coffee.

“We spoke to the owner and it was agreed that we would take over almost immediately. “

However, just 16 days after the ‘darling’ cafe reopened, all UK hotel businesses were forced to shut down as the country entered its first lockdown after the Covid-19 outbreak.

As the couple had just acquired ownership of the business, restrictions in place prevented all four of staff from being eligible for the leave, leaving all four as well as Sami and Jay with no income.

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The mother of four said, “During this time my stepfather has helped us get through the lockdown and keep the business open.

“While we were closed I put thousands of dollars in it – to decorate it and update it.

“I spent night after night raving about getting it ready for when we could reopen.”

When given the green light to reopen, all staff returned part-time and Sami was optimistic.

The Willow Tree came to the attention of locals in October after announcing they would provide free packed lunches to schoolchildren during their mid-term after Tory MPs rejected a Labor motion that planned to provide free school meals to schoolchildren. poorest families in the country during the mid-term.

Sami said: “I am very community driven – I love helping the community and always want to help anyone who needs it.

“When we announced that we would be doing the free packed lunches, it exploded. The number of messages I got from moms, dads and grandparents saying ‘you don’t realize how useful this is “, it broke my heart.

“We have four children of our own, so I can’t sit still knowing that other children are hungry.”

Sami said that during the semester, they prepared around 280 packed lunches a day for community members, extending meals to parents and their children.

But despite the positive attention and respected reputation, Sami said the cafe had never been the same since it reopened after the first lockdown.

She said: “A lot of our footsteps have always come from people walking through Wilkinson’s and out their back door to the cafe.

“After the lockdown, Wilkinson’s door still seemed to be locked, so we went to them and asked if they could reopen it, but their head office told us the door would not be reopened.

“It was a huge damage to our business and from there we just struggled and struggled – with the high rent and the drop in custom.

“I went as long as I could physically – I would convince myself that if we got to summer it would be crowded, if we got to fall it would be crowded, I even said that if we got there at christmas it would be crowded, i just couldnt do it anymore.

Sami, who is originally from Scotland and moved to Wallasey when she was 15, said the decision was ‘heartbreaking’ and that if she won the lottery, keeping the willow open would be the first thing she did. she would.

Outside of herself, she said it was “heartbreaking” for the staff, especially their other boss who has been with the company since day one.

Sami said: “It has been very difficult for my husband and our other chef who have been there and worked together for so long.

“I tried to keep going as long as possible because I felt so responsible and guilty if the staff lost their jobs, especially as Christmas approached, but I couldn’t stop it or stop it and when I talked to them about it, they were really understanding.

“We’re such a tight group, I love these guys – they’re family and I’ve known them for so long – that’s one of the hardest parts.”

Announcing her closure on Wednesday, Sami posted on The Willow Tree’s Facebook page how she had “struggled” and “tried her best to stay open” despite the ongoing lockdowns and restrictions that took her financial toll, but in the end , it just wasn’t possible.

Sami wrote: “It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that from Saturday December 4, 2021 at 3pm, we will be closing our doors for the last time.

“As most of our customers know I resumed coffee 16 days before the first lockdown, struggled and did my best to stay open through a number of lockouts and restrictions.

“Unfortunately, I’m now at a point where Liscard is such a quiet place and the cafe has become so quiet that I just can’t stay open anymore.”

Sami added that she and all of the staff were “going to miss” all of their repeat customers.

She told ECHO: “We have customers that grandparents used to bring in, and people who have been coming for years who come at the same time on the same day every week and eat the same thing. – people have memories here and we will miss it.

Customers flocked to the comments section to wish the team the best of luck for the future and to express their “devastation.”

Laura J Friess said: “Omg absolutely devastated for you, im so sorry. I send you so much love, I will never forget how kind you were making all those breakfasts for the kids who needed it . “

Jenni Ward said: “I am so disappointed for you. You have done an amazing job for our local community, it is such a shame. I will always be grateful for the kids’ breakfasts when I had the most trouble. J ‘hope you and your staff all the best for the future. “

Despite her heartache, Sami said if there was one bright spot that she could take away from her experience as owner of The Willow Tree, it’s that she had had the opportunity to make a difference for the community.

She said: “The short time that I have had it I have been helping people and that means everything to me knowing that we will always be known as the cafe that has helped the community.

“I would love nothing more than to wake up on Monday and be able to open the doors, it would be a dream come true but I have been blessed enough even if it was only for a short time.”

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2 Chefs Catering focuses on coffee, pastries, lunch at the Millennium Café

The Millennium Café at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is under new management.

Ryan and Trish Peterson, owners of 2 Chefs Catering, were engaged by the Library Foundation to manage the cafe and provide catering services for internal meetings and events.

Trish had a vision for the cafe when the Petersons took on the role.

“I wanted to have really good coffee,” she said, “and I love to cook, so I wanted to cook.”

With a focus on freshly brewed coffee and cappuccinos, the Petersons are teaming up with Topeka-based Caffiend Coffee Co. to offer freshly baked local pastries and other baby items daily. lunch, including the famous library quiche and a Scone of the day.

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Nourish your mind and body

Customers are enjoying the Millennium Cafe earlier this year when it was under the old management.

Coffee is part of the full library experience for many of its customers. It will reopen on Tuesday after repairs to a water leak are complete.

“It’s good to have something in the library,” Trish said. “They can buy a book and come have coffee, order fresh pastries and daily specials.”

Trish says everything about the cafe is homemade and local, including the house salad dressings. For the sweet tooth, a cheesecake, cookies, brownies, pound cake and a cake of the day can be enjoyed on site or ordered in advance to take home, just in time for the holiday season. year.

All menu items are available on site or to take away.

The Millennium Café opened in the early 2000s. When the Safer Home COVID Orders were issued in March 2020, the library was forced to close.

The Library Foundation seized the opportunity to remodel the cafe for the first time in nearly two decades before reopening a year later. A completely remodeled dining area, along with the recent addition of Claire’s Courtyard to the west, offers guests indoor and outdoor seating options.

Engroff Catering managed the cafe from January 2020 until his resignation in July of that year, when the Foundation began looking for a new company to manage the cafe on site.

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About 2 Catering Chefs

2 Chefs Catering has been in business for 12 years. The Petersons also own and operate the Lakeridge Bar and Grill in Ozawkie, near Lake Perry.

Ryan and Trish have a lot of experience in the restaurant business. Together they have worked for Plantation Steakhouse, Topeka Country Club, Top of the Tower, Aboud’s and Blind Tiger.

After their wedding, the couple went to Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Scottsdale, Ariz., To train before returning to Topeka and opening their own catering and restaurant business.

In addition to providing a catering service for the cafe, 2 Chefs Catering takes care of all the events that take place on the library property. From full buffets to snacks and cookie trays, library patrons who use library meeting spaces also have access to this service.

“I’ve always loved the library,” Trish said. “It seemed like a good idea, and I was right because we’re having a lot of fun.”

The Millennium Café will reopen on Tuesday. Its opening hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and are closed on weekends.

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Something is brewing: Rosa’s Café et Boulangerie | Connecticut News

EAST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – Have you ever tried a guava and cheese pastry with a cup of coffee? Well, that’s on the Somethings Cooking menu today.

The place is called Rosa’s Cafe and Bakery and it’s all about family.

Laurie Janecko said: “They cook really well, better than me.”

From intimidating to Danes, Rosa’s has it all.

Edna Cruz is co-owner.

Said to himself: “We are Puerto Rican, so there must be some Spanish in it.”

A Latin influence that comes from Rosa herself – an amazing grandmother, mother and cook who lost her battle with Alzheimer’s disease last month.

Cruz said, “She always wanted to open up a place. So it was the dream of a lifetime for her, and we wanted to make it a reality. And make sure you let her know before she leaves that her dream has become reality.

Edna Cruz says her mother saw the new place that opened amid the pandemic.

She believes that despite the memory loss, Rosa felt her dream come true.

Now, the family makes a point of perpetuating the culinary heritage.

Stéphanie Colon is a baker.

She said, “That’s where my love for baking comes from. That’s why I gave the bakery its name. I can continue to enjoy it and think about it. It had to be on the menu when we first opened. We have to make the cheese and guava pastelitos that grandma made while growing up. “

Stéphanie starts cooking these choux pastries with guava and cheese at 3 a.m. An iconic Puerto Rican pastry with grandma’s secret kick.

These Cuban sandwiches are also a fan favorite – mustard – pickles – pork – ham, all in a bun.

“We have tried everything. Cubans are great. I think I have tried each of their pastries, ”Janecko said.

Everything here is fresh and prepared daily. Whether it’s a quick breakfast or a place to hang out, Rosas is ready for you.

“Give us a chance to show you what great food looks like with a bit of a Puerto Rican twist. Made with a little little adobo guava. Lots of adobo in many of our dishes.

If you want a taste of pastelillos, go to Rosa’s Cafe and Bakery.

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9 Latest Food Hygiene Ratings For Restaurants, Take Aways, Cafes And Pubs In Portsmouth

Ratings were introduced to give customers clear information about the hygiene standards of each room.

Local authorities carry out inspections throughout the year.

Companies are rated from 0 to 5, the latter being the highest.

Here’s what each means:

5 – the hygiene standards are very good.

4 – the hygiene standards are good.

3 – the hygiene standards are generally satisfactory.

2 – some improvement is needed.

1 – major improvement is needed.

0 – urgent improvement is required.

Here are the latest food hygiene reviews of restaurants, take out, cafes and pubs in Portsmouth.

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Cafe owners defend ban on children under 5 with sign outside saying “sorry”

Parents have denounced Tony and Beverley Flackett, who run the popular Harley’s Cafe and Coffee Bar, in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, for implementing the policy

Tony and Beverley Flackett who run the popular Harley’s Cafe and Coffee Bar

A cafe owner who has been criticized for banning children under five from his premises defended his decision, saying there were “plenty of other cafes” where parents can take their children.

Parents have denounced Tony and Beverley Flackett, who run the popular Harley’s Cafe and Coffee Bar, in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, for implementing the policy.

The venue reopened last month after a £ 100,000 extension and refurbishment and now houses a host of new musical, film and sports memorabilia on the walls and ceilings, Stoke-on-Trent Live reports.

He sells toast, paninis, wraps, sandwiches, jacket potatoes and omelets and many proclaim his breakfasts “are Hanley’s best.”

However, a sign outside the cafe publicly stating “Sorry, no children under 5” pissed off potential customers.

Some local shoppers say they will never return to the souvenir-filled facility after being turned away for having young children with them.

The sign outside Harley’s that says no children under the age of five are allowed on the site


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Tony told Stoke-on-Trent Live: “We’ve had an under-five ban policy for 23 years just because they’re running around, mess they make and we don’t have the facilities. in the toilets.

“We have signs outside on the board and on the door.

“I think we’re the only place that doesn’t let under-fives in and people say they like to come here because there are no kids screaming.

“I know people get mad about this, but at the end of the day it’s the policy. It’s not that we don’t want kids, just five and over.

“We don’t have room for strollers everywhere, we’re not exactly one huge cafe.

“There are a lot of other cafes that let kids in, it’s not like they don’t have anywhere to go.

The cafe houses a wealth of new music, movie and sports memorabilia on the walls and ceilings


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“We had a few kids this morning, they sat down and behaved well, but the two or three year olds start running and screaming.

“We have a lot of valuable stuff here and we don’t want them to start playing with them.”

People have told Stoke-on-Trent Live that they have been turned away for having young children with them.

Hayleigh Bloor said: “I loved their food, I went there a lot while I was pregnant.

“Unfortunately, kids under five aren’t allowed. I would say it’s more for kids not to touch all of their things on the walls. Nothing to do with stroller space.

“I think it’s so bad so I haven’t been since my daughter is now 21 months old. I think it’s more kids touching each other and other customers complaining about babies. who are screaming. “

Emma Rayner said: “I loved this place, but one of the last times I went there for breakfast I was told I couldn’t fit my child in a stroller.”

And Rachel Whalley said: “They don’t allow kids, which doesn’t help a mom who just needs a good coffee.

“I tried to enter the other day but he refused me because I had my child with me.”

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East Idaho Eats: Cafe Tuscano Set To Double Access To Its Italian Classic

POCATELLO – What started as a Blimpie sandwich shop at the back of a Chevron gas station is now home to delicious Italian cuisine, which will soon double in size.

Café Tuscano comes from humble beginnings, serving its first fine Italian dishes in what was sandwich kitchen almost 10 years ago. Now, several expansions later, the gas pumps and canopy are gone, interior construction is underway, and hearty pizza, pasta, and other delicious Italian offerings are the only fuel options you’ll find.

For nearly a decade, the staff at Café Tuscano have survived ad-free, chef Jason Spence told, relying on word of mouth and the guarantee that “You’re never going to come in. in a gas station and eat like that. . “

“Now,” Spence continued, “going forward without having the gas station is, ‘you’re never going to eat like that in Pocatello.’ And that’s our goal.

Entrance to the Tuscano café. | Kalama Hines,

Spence got his start as a chef in Southeast Idaho, starting as a diver before making his way into many local cuisines and taking the Culinary Arts program at Idaho State University.

The aim of the restaurant and its chef is to offer all who enter an authentic Italian meal. And, at least to some extent, Spence can take comfort in the greatest compliments in this regard – having had his food compared to the traditional cuisine of customers’ grandmothers on at least a few occasions.

“We just want to be one of them that when you come to Pocatello and have (our food) – there’s nowhere else you will get (this food),” he said. declared.

One of the ways Spence and the staff at Café Tuscano have created their menu is the annual menu update. Once a year, Spence deletes the less popular posts and finds new ways to strengthen what’s left. It does this by posting specials, then tweaking and republishing them months later.

When re-issuing, he visits customers who have tried the item and asks them how they could improve it. Asking what a customer likes, he said, elicits praise, while asking for reviews allows honesty.

“We are always aiming to improve,” he said. “We still want to deliver what people are used to, and we want to go beyond that in the future.”

The future is near for Café Tuscano.

As Spence explained, the interior remodel will be completed and the restaurant will be ready for a grand reopening on August 1, 2022. The remodel will include an extension of the kitchen and service areas, but also in the dining room, which will pass. from 99 seats to about 160, Spence said.

Renovation of the Tuscano café
Interior construction underway to expand Café Tuscano. | Kalama Hines,

That target date is way beyond what normal circumstances suggest, but, Spence joked, nothing is normal in 2021. Setting their date so far in the future allows the restaurant to adjust to any delays and manage said delays in the most efficient way possible. .

“We just want to make sure that we give ourselves enough time to finish whatever we want to finish,” he said. “It could be earlier, if everything goes perfectly, but in today’s world, very little goes perfectly.”

And as for the celebration of the reopening, Spence said discussions are open between restaurant executives, but there is still time before a decision is made.

“We’re definitely looking to do something special,” he said. “It’s written in pencil on a notepad, we just haven’t gone into the details yet. “

Café Tuscano: Pork Saltimbocca
Café Tuscano Saltimbocca Pork | Kalama Hines,

“We are looking to present more things and bring more attention to Pocatello,” he added.

Café Tuscano is located at 2231, rue Center Est, near the Portneuf Medical Center. It is open Monday to Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Orders can be placed for pickup, but delivery is not available at this time. The menu can be viewed on the restaurant’s website or on the Facebook page.

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Inside the brand new Sherwood Cafe looking to sell alcohol and host entertainment

Residents have welcomed plans for a new cafe in Nottingham that hopes to serve alcohol and put on shows.

CGI images reveal what a brand new cafe in Sherwood will look like inside.

The new cafe, which will be called Bronte & Co at 589 Mansfield Road, is expected to open in the first week of December after being set up on Saturday 27 November.

It will include an outdoor space with a large roof that can be opened and closed depending on the weather.

Zip Bakery, the company that runs the cafe, is licensed to sell bread, cakes, sweets and drinks in an unlicensed cafe.

But a request has been made to change parts of his license, including the sale of alcohol between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. daily, shows and late-night refreshments indoors and outdoors.

CGI image of what Bronte & Co will look like inside

The cafe was a former games room and has been dormant for almost a decade.

Asked about a new cafe that wants to sell alcohol, shoppers and locals hailed the addition on the main street.

Sue Sipple, 66, who lives in Sherwood, said: “It will help attract more people to the area.

“There are a lot of cafes around and there is a dilemma that it can rob other business, but it’s good that businesses are thriving and you really have everything on your doorstep in Sherwood.”

Sue Sipple, 66, thinks “it will help attract more people to the area”

A 57-year-old Mapperley Park buyer who declined to be named said: “I have no problem with that, one more store like this won’t make a huge difference.

“My curiosity means I’ll have to try it in there when it opens.”

Susan McCartney Martin, 61, of Sneinton, said: “It’s a good idea because people come here for something to eat.”

Turkish company STC Construction joined forces with Zip Bakery to redesign the store.

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Kinship Cafe Owner Serves More Than Coffee

TJ Roberts’ Kinship Cafe is easy to spot.

The white and blue building sits on the corner of North 6th Street and Ann Avenue in the Strawberry Hill neighborhood of Kansas City, Kansas, across from the Municipal Courthouse.

The heart logo of this black male-owned business was meant to stand out. It represents what Roberts hopes to manifest within the walls of the cafe: kindness, intention, purpose, service.

It all started with a simple cup of Folgers when he was just 10 years old.

At a church in Wamego, Kansas, just outside Manhattan, the seven-fingered biracial child of two white pastors served coffee he made to his family’s church worship team. It was there that he was drawn to a role he believed he could play in serving others, welcoming others and fostering community.

Now 30 years old and living in Kansas City Roberts Kinship Cafe recently opened. He’s been working in space for years.

It used to be a cupcake shop. Roberts completed many finishing touches on Sunday, working with the Chiefs game in the background. The space has a minimalist design with white walls and deep blue details. Small plants adorn the tables.

A menu featuring items from Gigi’s Vegan + Wellness Cafe sits near the counter, behind which Roberts serves a cold ale and a lightning ale, which he describes as less bitter and sour: perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up.

Five years ago, when he realized how difficult it would be to invite people into the conversations about the breed that he felt obligated to have while working in insurance, he decided to marry her love of coffee and service.

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(Left to right) Nabil Hossain and Brock Sauvage have coffee at the Kinship Cafe in Kansas City on Wednesday, October 20, 2021. Emily Curiel [email protected]

Sip with intention

The heart of Kinship Cafe is fair programming.

Some Monday evenings, the dozen or so tables inside the Kinship Cafe are pushed to the side to make way for a meditation space, complemented by a series of holistic living lectures. On weekends, Wesley Hamilton, founder of Disabled But Not Really, brings his mobile gym for workout classes.

Roberts also has business incubation courses in the works. And a friend who can teach nutrition. A salesperson who can learn to cook with non-GMO products and eat healthy on food stamps.

It has partnered with Black Drip Coffee and a portion of its sales is donated to Porter House KC, a non-profit organization that helps bring entrepreneurial resources to underserved metro communities.

His motto: “Sip with intention.

“The heart of our business is being in places where we are not represented,” said Roberts.

Yes, he sees his coffee as a respite from the office, but also a place where customers can step back and focus on themselves.

But it also organizes a space that allows the space to develop.

“The goal is that we want to see people thrive, grow, develop and enter the real world and their business the way they want,” he said. “And sometimes they just need to be in places where they see people like them, and know that it’s okay to fail, you know, and that you’re in a safe place to fail.”

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Kinship Cafe in Kansas City on Wednesday, October 20, 2021. Emily Curiel [email protected]

A life of grain

An older white woman recently stopped by the Kinship Cafe for coffee. She was from the Jewish clinic down the street. They chatted and she asked Roberts where he was from. When he answered, she almost dropped her coffee.

“The first thing she said was, ‘I’m so sorry,'” said Roberts, recalling the conversation with the woman who had grown up not far from her rural hometown of Wamego.

She remembered how stubborn, racist people had been.

“I can’t imagine what you’ve been through,” she told him.

Most people can’t.

Roberts was raised by white parents who adopted him in Kansas City before he was old enough to remember.

In high school, the superintendent called him a racial insult and threatened the head coach not to play Roberts, who was one of the best football players on the team.

Roberts was the first African American man to graduate from Rock Creek High School.

In college, he faced a new kind of adversity playing for the Mid-American Nazarene football team. Roberts has seven