Coffee shop replaces yogurt outlet in village

April 02, 1997|By Erin Texeira | Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF

Latte and cappuccino have taken over where frozen yogurt left off in Columbia's Dorsey's Search village.

Last Friday, a new cafe called Casey's Coffee opened in the village center in the space formerly occupied by Sundaes frozen yogurt.

Casey's offers the standard fare of fresh-brewed coffee, hot tea, pastries, espresso drinks and -- with weekend hours until 11 p.m. -- a no-alcoholic place for people to hang out after hours, says Albert Chung, an owner.

"It seemed like there was a need in the area for something like this, especially for young people," says Chung, who is 24. "I know how it is -- you get out of a movie at night and there's no place to go unless you want to go to a bar. Well, now we're here."

Already, customers are starting to get the message.

On Monday, Barbara Mandell of Dorsey's Search peered in the window at the cafe's subtle wood and earth-toned decor.

Opening the door and stepping inside, she said, "I don't want anything -- I just want to see what you're about."

She quickly looked around, scanned the coffee menu, inspected the scones and muffins and nodded with approval.

"I was really disappointed when the yogurt place went out of business," she said. "But I think this is great."

Sundaes closed last September, said Elizabeth Buckley of Columbia Management Inc.

The three-tabled Casey's Coffee plans to add lunchtime sandwiches and salads to its menu, and it may eventually have poetry readings and music performances, Chung said.

He said is looking to hire at least two part-time employees.

Chung owns the cafe with his aunt and uncle, Jay and Veronica Yee, who recently moved from Seattle, where they worked in cafes for about five years, Chung said.

They get their coffee beans from what he described as an award-winning Seattle-based company -- but Chung declined to reveal which one.

"We're a bit secretive about where we get our coffee," he said. "That's our trade secret."

Pub Date: 4/02/97

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