Little Spoon Cafe Coming Soon to South Street WestBy Danya Henninger
May 14, 2014
Formerly Baja Room, the corner space at 15th and South is getting a total facelift in preparation for its new life as Little Spoon Cafe. Naked Philly broke the news that Jeanne French and Julia McMeans are planning an Otto Architects-designed cafe serving Philly Fair Trade coffee plus breakfast, lunch and brunch. We spoke with the partners and got some additional details, including the name of their chef. Read on to find out about this new coffee shop, which could open before summer’s end.
The Background: McMeans has been a barista, server and manager at several South Street West businesses since 2008, and bonded with French as a loyal customer who loved the neighborhood as much as she did. French has a business degree, so when the 1500 South spot opened, they jumped at the opportunity to turn it into something new.
The Chef: Chef Lauren Geary has been kitchen manager at Monk’s Cafe for three years, and spent two years as chef at Pumpkin Cafe prior to that. She has a culinary degree from the Cooking and Hospitality Institute in Chicago, where she gained kitchen experience at Charlie Trotter's, Green Zebra and Tru and went on to be sous at The Talbott Hotel and chef at Handlebar.
The Food: Menu is still very much in development, but so far the idea is to offer many healthy and vegan/vegetarian plates, as well as some decadent brunch options and house-baked pastries. Ordering will take place at a counter, where you pick up grab-and-go items or take a number, sit down and wait for the meal to be delivered to you (think Panera Bread). Full table service may be add in the future.
The Coffee: Philly Fair Trade Roasters beans will be served in espresso drinks, drip coffee, pour-overs and Yama cold brew iced coffee.
The Space: The interior is being gutted to make room for the front counter and seating for 30-40 people. The front facade will be redone and outfitted with large windows on both sides of the corner. A patio for outdoor seating is also planned.
The Details: To start, the cafe will be open six days a week, with the following hours: 7 AM-5 PM, Tuesday-Thursday; 7 AM-8 PM, Friday; 8 AM-8 PM, Saturday; 8 AM-5 PM, Sunday.