Well it's been many, many months, but the wait is finally over. Kawa Espresso Bar, on the main floor of the office building at 1333 8 St SW (the space that was once Loyalty Sound), is open! Today was the softest of soft openings- no charges for anything, just tips- this is in part because of waiting for the "maximum occupancy" certification by the city, but the place was buzzing with curious customers being plied with terrific 49th-Parallel espresso (and lattes, cappos, etc) as well as Clover-brewed Columbian. The menu will also include various panini and quesadillas, and, in due course, wines. Seeing the space with its seating, and without all the boxes and construction equipment, is inspiring. Pic of interior attached. It's going to look stunning at night, too.
Kawa will be open initially 6:30am-9pm seven days a week; they hope to have hours until 11 in time for Stampede.
I got the full poop on DeVille "luxury coffee and pastries" today as I got to speak to one of the owners. This is a venture with Saint Germain who will be providing the sweet stuff (good news as SG has tremendous deserts); they have the same espresso machine as does Kawa (a three-group Synesso) but not, at this point, a Clover. As noted earlier, this shop will be pulling beans from Chicago's famous and respected Intelligentsia Coffee Roasters, and will be the first in Calgary to offer Intelly's Black Cat espresso (Communitea in Canmore does as well).
DeVille has plans to open next Monday, the 26th. As you can see in the third pic, they are well on their way; this alacrity is in part because this space did not entail the transition that Kawa did (including change of use permits); this was because De Ville is in the space that was until recently Palette Coffeehouse. Initial hours will be 7-7, 7 days a week, but like Kawa they will aspire to be open later since, like Kawa, they intend to offer wine.
So the 7-days-a-week (even in our downtown!) that Artigiano ushered in seems to be the pattern to follow- even in the case of the new Good Earth in the Lougheed Building, incidentally. Let's wish all these newcomers well.