Cafe Lindo opened recently in the location where Harrington's used to be. I used to love Harrington's -- the coffee was good, the space was cozy, it was a great place to meet up with friends for a bagel, a cup of coffee and conversation. After Harrington's closed, our go-to place became Talula's Table. Oh, don't get me wrong -- I absolutely LOVE Talula's Table -- but sometimes we don't want our conversation shared with a larger group at the communal table, and there's only one other table there.
So a few of us got together for our first visit to Cafe Lindo last week. Now, please understand, I'm usually pretty easygoing about places like this -- it's a coffee place, for heaven's sake -- but I just found my annoyance growing the longer I sat there. We sat in the room with the fireplace. There were price tags on each of the chairs. I couldn't tell if the owner had forgotten to remove them, or if they were for sale. Okay -- not a big deal. I went to get my coffee, and it was served in what I'd call a tea cup. Sure, one refill was included in the price, but I like a mug of steaming coffee, not a little cup with a handle barely large enough for a finger to slip through. I should mention that I could have chosen to drink my coffee from a larger paper cup, instead. Oh, and did I mention that my one friend who only drinks decaffeinated coffee was charged 25 cents more for decaf? Nitpicky stuff, I know.
So I sat down with my friends and no sooner had our usual gabfest begun when music started blaring. The soundtrack from Phantom of the Opera (which I love) was so loud we actually had to stop our conversation. I politely asked the owner/manager (not sure who he was, but he was the person who first went into the back room to turn the music on) if he would mind turning the volume down a bit. He was very obliging, and turned the music off.
Maybe I've already said too much about too little. Maybe I just need to vent frustration at not having that perfect little neighborhood cafe. Are these trivialities really deal breakers? Has anyone else been to Cafe Lindo? I love supporting the local shops in Kennett. I just don't know if I want to give this particular one another chance to win me over.