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Downtown Business Launching Offshoot in Former Criollo Space

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Downtown Business Launching Offshoot in Former Criollo Space
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After Criollo closed on East Gay Street, Cafe Phenix co-owner Gary McConnell saw a “golden opportunity.” Located just a few doors down, at 51 E. Gay St., it’ll be the home of Cafe Phenix’s offshoot, Phenix Bistro.

Phenix Bistro will be a full-service diner serving breakfast and lunch. Expect American- and English-style entrees ranging from bacon, eggs, and sausage, to omelettes, waffles and pancakes, to specialty sandwiches and smoked meats. Dinner will be added after the restaurant is up and running.

As for Cafe Phenix, it’ll hone in further on its bakery and coffee shop identity, expanding its iced coffee and tea selections and adding an assortment of baked goods.

“I’ve always been looking to expand, but I was waiting,” says McConnell, who opened up Cafe Phenix three years ago with his wife Britney Barnhart. “I’ve been searching through several locations in the last year, and this is a golden opportunity. And the response so far has been fantastic, people are loving the idea.”

Seeing no need for renovations, McConnell says Phenix Bistro should be fully functioning in the next three weeks. Once it’s open, he’ll close Cafe Phenix for about a week to get it reorganized.

Phenix Bistro will operate seven days per week, opening daily at 7 a.m. for breakfast.

For more information, visit Cafe Phenix’s Facebook Page.

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