To hear Chris Mordecai describe his new coffee shop, it will order valium quite a friendly place - customer-friendly, community-friendly, even pet-friendly.That would make sense, given that the new business has been planned and will be run by here linked by their long-term friendship."It should be buy tramadol online no prescription really cool place. I think it cheap xanax be great for the whole neighborhood," says Mordecai about the Orange Street café that is to open. Orange Street site that previously housed Bunnell Paint & Hardware, Café Romeo will have an Italian-flavored menu - with pizza baked in a stone oven - in addition to coffee and other beverages. There will be room for 24 seats inside, with additional seasonal seating outside. Outdoor signage tells patrons they'll experience "olde world Italy with an urban flair" at the shop.
"It's kind of a contemporary feel with more of an Italian ethnicity," Modecai explains.
Wi-fi, bike racks and a pet area will be available for customers, and a 20-by-8-foot art wall has been installed to display local artists' work, at no charge to them.
"We want this definitely to be a neighborhood place," says Mordecai, who worked in management positions for AT&T for 14 years. Channeling his energies into the coffee shop is a nice change of pace, he says.
"I needed to get away from that corporate-America environment," he says. "It's not for me - I'm more of an entrepreneur."
The business benefits from the owners' collective experience. Simeone owns the Orange Street grocery shop Romeo and Cesare's Gourmet Shoppe, while Massaro - who has known Mordecai since the pair were in seventh grade - owns a Hamden drywall business, Bruno Massaro & Sons Drywall. Together Massaro and Mordecai operate a Hamden real estate company, Restoration Realty.
"It mostly consists of property we own, manage and maintain," says Mordecai. "The majority is in the Yale community."
Mordecai is looking to that student-faculty community, as well as his Orange Street-area neighbors, to support the new business, for which the partners received a small business loan to help with start-up costs.
"I love East Rock - it's a great community," says Mordecai, who is part of the Ward 10 Democratic Committee and involved with the neighborhood block watch association. He says inquiries and feedback from neighbors about the new business has been positive so far.
"Anyone from the neighborhood I've spoken with has had little or no negative response," Mordecai says. "The neighborhood seems to be very excited. I'm excited."