Chocolate Fish Coffee, a much beloved coffee roaster and cafe which until yesterday had only location at the corner of 3rd and Q, opened its second location on Wednesday.
Located at 47th and Folsom Blvd. in East Sac, Chocolate Fish Coffee is adjacent to Hilltop Tavern and across the street from OneSpeed Pizza.
I paid a visit to the new location yesterday during my lunch hour and found the space to be absolutely gorgeous. Compared to Chocolate Fish's downtown location, the East Sac building is much larger, with about 50 percent more indoor seating.
In a short interview with one of the owners, Edie Baker, she said that the new location would house both a cafe and venue for roasting. While others might roast their coffee on site, Chocolate Fish Coffee was unique in that it didn't try to hide it in a back room, but rather plans on showcasing it, sort of like an open kitchen showcases food preparation at a restaurant.
The East Sac location features baked goods from Magpie, and will start serving pour over coffee -- something the downtown location doesn't currently offer. The East Sac location will also feature coffee classes to help educate customers on the nuances of coffee and the uniforms worn by the staff for the East Sac location will be slightly dressier than their more urban counterparts.
While the last couple years brought consistent news of restaurants closing due to the poor economy, it's great to see more and more businesses expanding and adding second locations as the economy slowly recovers.
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