C U Latté Café Ready to Open Downtown on Main StreetJune 29, 2013 9:15 am Ayana Wilson
If you’re a fan of Sidebar Columbus, the authentic Latin-American restaurant located at 122 E. Main Street, and all that Chef Alberto Tapia and his crew do there, then you’ll soon be a fan of C U Latté Café as well, his new venture just across the street at 131 E. Main Street.
In a city already quite littered with coffee shops, in all forms and price ranges, one may think that opening another is redundant, perhaps even doomed. But C U Latté has two distinct advantages: it’s in a slowly up-and-coming neighborhood which needs such a business, and with a Latin-American twist to the tried-and-true concept, they’re offering Central Ohio something novel.
“We wanted something in the area to fill this space, and that would fit with the restaurant,” manager Mario Sanchez shares. “The owner decided on the concept, we knew we wanted a place where the Latin American community, and everyone, could come in and get a taste of our home, and then, we opened.”
The coffee house boasts roasts from local favorite Café Brioso; the Columbian is the standard, as well as French and French Decaf. There is also a rotating special blend. For the opening, it’s a Costa Rican roast. The tea served is from Dublin local Teh Ku Tea Company.
In addition, C U Latté also sells breakfasts like omelets and Latin American pastries, and lunches at reasonable prices, like an enormous Cuban Sandwich for $9, or a Quinoa Mango Salad for $6.
C U Latté, whose soft opening was last Friday, June 21st, and will officially launch the week following the Fourth of July holiday, seats up to 30 people, and there are already plans to create a sidewalk patio.
This new neighborhood coffee shop is open Monday through Friday, 7am-6pm, with tentative weekend hours on Saturday and Sunday of 8am-3pm. For more on C U Latté, follow them at www.facebook.com/culattecolumbus.
Photos by Walker Evans.