Rest In Coffee Shop Peace

If there is one new-years resolution that makes any sense at all, it's the one that says to visit more coffee shops—why?—because it's something I can afford, and they are so plentiful, and they're good places both to write and write about. But first, on this first Tuesday of 2019, I want to mention some places that I frequented that have closed before I got a chance to write about them. The first is not strictly a coffee shop, but it did easily function as one: Mykonos Gyros & Cafe on Van Buren and State closed at the end of the year after having sustained heavy-bookbag-carrying MSOE students since long before I first soiled she shores of Milwaukee. Kind of tragic, but what can you do? And what will go in this location, if anything (places like Eduardo's, Buca di Beppo, even Bally Total Fitness have closed within blocks of here, with nothing going back into the empty storefronts). But this is a great location and space, so I'm thinking something will move in. I'm guessing it will be a design-y, hip spot serving inexplicably overpriced designer cocktails to overpaid young people who make a living complicating our lives with unnecessary three letter abbreviations that no one knows the meaning of.

Another shocking closing was the Starbucks on the corner of Brady and Farwell, which was always bustling and full of people, as it's a really central location—though it's actually a pretty awful corner, unless you're into atrocious architecture, surface parking lots, and second-hand smoke. And there's no shortage of coffee shops on Brady Street, though kind of there is, because you can always have more coffee shops, and they are all always pretty busy. Anyway, this is a prime location for someone to move into. I'm guessing it will be a design-y, hip spot serving inexplicably overpriced designer cocktails to overpaid young people who make a living complicating our lives with unnecessary three letter abbreviations that no one knows the meaning of.

I'm sure there are many more that I don't know about yet, but the third and most tragic (to me, because I loved this place) is the demise of the Pleasant Kafe, on Jackson and Pleasant, in the old Dentice sausage shop, across from Sanford (not to be confused with Sanford & Son). It was everything I like in a coffee shop, good coffee, nice people, great place to sit and observe and/or write, clean bathrooms—so I'm sad to see it go. Supposedly something new is planned to go in the spot, though I haven't been over there yet, and didn't see news online if it's open. Once it's either in business and/or I get over there, if it's actually another coffee shop, I'll write about it, soon, but in the meantime I'm going to speculate it will be a design-y, hip spot serving inexplicably overpriced designer cocktails to overpaid young people who make a living complicating our lives with unnecessary three letter abbreviations that no one knows the meaning of.

Randy Russell 1.1.19