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By Meredith (registered) - website | Posted May 09, 2010 at 22:46:08

(this is mostly copied from another forum post I made:)

In November, I talked to Carlos (I believe that's his name, but a motorcycle was going by... d'oh!) who is opening Barbarossa's Cafe at 312 King East. The signs indicated the cafe was set to open December 21 and I wasn't sure what had happened - but I saw fresh green paint a month or two ago on the facade

I walked by a few nights ago, and he was outside putting up the first letter for the sign. He told me the opening was delayed because his mother had passed away in South America, so he traveled back and stayed a while, deciding to come back and open the cafe in the spring.

From what I heard, there is about a week left until opening, a few things yet to go in (light fixtures and a few more items).

For the menu, he talked about:

  • Van Houtte brand coffee ("quality coffee") in his words. Van Houtte's really been expanding their business into Ontario the past few years, including a few of their own cafes, so I'm not surprised to see it here.
  • fair-trade items
  • espresso and cappuccino (I asked about this... he said "of course". It'll be nice to have a place nearby that serves espresso-based drinks)
  • gluten-free items (I heard this last year, believe it's still true)
  • Moroccan tea (I believe the sweet mint type)
  • quality food, including croissants from the same supplier as Denningers gets (but hastened to say he wants to keep prices reasonable)

I don't know what the final product will be like, but I'm intrigued. I'll go in next week when it's open and check it out.

Comment edited by Meredith on 2010-05-09 21:48:06

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