Attention CakeLove and cafe fans:
I was very happy to find a week ago that CakeLove's new cafe, Love Cafe, has opened directly across the street from the CakeLove bakery on U St. It's been open about a month now, although it didn't have its official grand opening until last Saturday. I stopped in at CakeLove last Friday afternoon and was surprised that their sales counter seemed to be missing and they told me that the cafe was now open and that baked goods could be purchased either at the original bakery or across the street at the cafe. So, cafehound that I am (idea for a new site?: Cafehounds), I went across the street.
The new cafe has a huge bakery case display of zillions of cupcakes as well as their other baked goods, such as cakes. They also serve coffee and espresso drinks. So, I got a cup of decaf and a slice of cake - a white cake with lemon and other frosting with fresh rasberries layered in. I find it is better to let their frosted goods sit for a while to let the frosting soften a bit, although it's also impossible not to dive right in. The cake was out of this world and the slice was generous.
The decaf was good.
The cafe is very nice--fun and upbeat, in true CakeLove fashion. I detected accents from HomeRule, another neighborhood store on 14th St. The cafe is not huge. Great windows look out onto U St. The space is long and narrow, creating space for tables in nooks and crannies, mostly directly next to windows.
I love CakeLove and the fact that fun, funky, original, and cutting edge efforts are thriving in the U St./14th St. area. Bravo to these entrepreneurial efforts! May they long create and succeed. This area has changed so quickly in such a short time.
My only small disappointment is with the name of the cafe - it seems a bit humdrum compared to the originality of the bakery name. Love Cafe sounds like a teen churchgroup basement coffeehouse from the 70's. But, I'm sure I'll get used to it. I just don't think the name has the same energy and intrigue as CakeLove.