We were saddened when one of our favorite coffeehouses, Kaldi's on Demun (the original) closed for re-modeling on July 15. However, it has been a beehive of activity to get significant changes made, including "bee-house fresh coffees" at the newest coffee bar.
While enjoying a cup of iced coffee (set up on the sidewalk outside), this blogger was invited inside to view the major structural changes made during the re-model. The service counter has been greatly expanded and a staunchion for lines installed to ameliorate those long lines out the door. In the process, a wall along the North side was removed, exposing a multi-paned window which now floods the service area with natural light.
The south-side of the service area has expanded into the old "reading space" as the Brew Bar with rows of "bee-houses" set up and ready for the first customer tomorrow. "Bee-houses" are single cup brewing devices---think small French press---which means your coffee cannot get any fresher as the hot water is poured over the grounds in the "bee-house" and into your cup! Same great coffees, but fresher!
In the room nearest the bathrooms, the Moroccan theme and color scheme is gone---replaced by a slightly shiny black "sealskin" color to the walls and white painted tin tile ceiling. The large mirror there will go from gold trim to silver.
Thank goodness, Audrey Hepburn still reins in the South bathroom.
Part of the floor throughout the space now has re-cycled Missouri barn planking; the hallway connecting the "bee-house" coffee bar and the back room is now a luscious red. The counter-tops are re-cycled wood too.
The biggest change is the the menu. Some price increases, but more items are "gluten free" and the vegan menu is GREATLY expanded. For example, the burger uses MATCH burger and there is a Chickpee Wrap as well as a Curried Chickpea Salad. The same great coffees, smoothies, Chai Lattee and teas are joined by Batch Brewed Coffees, French Press, Hand Brewed, and Chemex coffees at the Brew Bar.
Stop by the re-modeled Kaldi's on Demun for drinks and great bakery items. Tell them Blogger Mark sent you and enjoy!