The new Mishka’s Café location opened downtown yesterday morning around 8 a.m., in what owner Sinisa Novakovic called an “overnight affair.”
The old location, a half block up from the new Mishka’s, closed its doors Sunday at 9 p.m. It is emptied out and now has a sign that reads, “Hooray, we are finally moving!”
The new brick building with large windows and a big red door has a big yellow sign with the words “New Home of Mishka’s Café.”
The inside is painted with Venetian plastering traditional of Italy, a natural pigment with three coats in a color the owner describes as a “happy orange.” One will also find wooden tabletops and expanded seating at the new 610 Second Street location.
Novakovic said there is a 25 percent capacity increase in seating. There will be eight tables outside, with seating for twenty and a bench along the windows of the side of the building.
Nina Gatewood, of the consignment store Haute Again, is working on the “fabulous” new menus.
“It’s exciting,” Novakovic said. “It’s been five and a half years in waiting.”
The coffee shop originally opened in 1995. Complaints of overcrowding were one of the primary reasons for the move to the two-story building next to the Varsity.
He said a grand opening party will be scheduled for sometime next week.
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