Is "love" too strong a word to describe a corner coffee and sandwich shop which, as documented by numerous media entities, has seen its share of ups, downs, and then up again?
No, "love" is not too strong a word. Not when this coffee shop possesses the first paperless receipt right-to-my-email system that I've laid eyes upon outside of (I think it was) Office Max. Not when I ask for a chai frap and the dude behind the counter (not even wearing a hoodie like what happened there a few years ago) says it's not on the menu, but he'll try to make it; and he not only succeeds but says there's enough "leftovers" for free seconds.
Not when the sign on the door advertises free WiFi. Oh, sure, the signal was crowded by a bunch of young people who appeared to be doing their homework but I'll take young people doing homework anytime over listless, glassy-eyed no accounts paying too much attention to the street traffic right outside. (Olympic Cafe, cough cough)
While taking the photo above, I mentioned to the clerk how the old Avenue Eatery location had plastic cups made from biodegradable corn starch polymer, and how cool was THAT? And a place so proud of its paperless system (they were obviously proud) would probably do well to at least look into that kind of biodegradable plastic cup, right?
Avenue Eatery is doing something right. I hope this place hangs on.
Keep up the good work, folks.