Café Con Leche's New Center Preview

Jun 10

9:00 AM

By Erin Piscopink

Tagged: All Neighborhoods

Read the Crain's Detroit article in its original format HERE

Café Con Leche's New Center Preview

Anjana Schroeder for
Crain's Detroit Business

Jordi Carbonell is awaiting city approval to begin construction on his second Café Con Leche location, which he and his wife, Melissa Fernandez, say they hope will be open by summer's end in the New Center area.

In the meantime, Carbonell was eager to share his plans for the 1,700 square feet of space at 2990 West Grand Blvd. In addition to espresso drinks, the New Center location will serve Spanish bocadillos — sandwiches — mostly priced at about $7.50.

The new location is nearly double the size of the original Café Con Leche, at 4200 West Vernor Highway in Mexicantown.

Carbonell said he wasn't always sure they could handle two locations until they reached success with a one-month pop-up café trial at Lafayette Park over a year ago. Some of those Lafayette Park specialties, like La Lumbia de Diablo, a latte with habanero and honey, and horchata, rice water with cinnamon, will be added to the menu at the new location.

The trial gave the café more exposure and Carbonell the right amount of confidence to sign a five-year lease with Midtown Detroit Inc., a nonprofit that does community and economic development in the city's central business district along Woodward.

Midtown Inc. owns the space and will match up to $30,000 of hard construction costs and $5,000 for new signage, Carbonell said.