A couple of months ago, the long-awaited coffee shop, Evelyn's opened in the 700 block of Washington Boulevard. Just what the area needs! So, bright and early one Sunday morning, after walking Apollo, Buckley & Connor, five of us walked over to grab some coffee and a scone or muffin. Cute place, nice and bright, we could sit a spell and have a nice chat. But there were only about six seats in the whole place! Two small tables and one easy chair.
So we stood around waiting for our coffees, and waited and waited. It took 20+ minutes to make five cups of coffee and a couple of bagels. The bagels came in posh bags with handles. I love posh, but it's not necessary for my one bagel and some butter and napkins.
I assumed it was just opening jitters, so I stopped by a couple of mornings later, when I had a meeting and could walk Connor at leisure. I got a latte and bagel with butter and nearly keeled over when Evelyn told me it was $6.00. It wasn't even a large latte! I know from chef friends that the cost of a latte is less than $.50, so the mark-up is HUGE! Evelyn put the butter pats in with the bagel, under the foil, so that when I got home and unwrapped it all, the butter had melted in the wrapper and was impossible to spread. Yick!
I am all for supporting neighbourhood places, but $4.00 for a latte is a little dear. I have heard others say similar things, including being way overcharged for an order. It's insane that a cup of coffee costs the same as a sandwich.
Evelyn has a blog somewhere, which seemed pretty self-serving, and made me itch. I will give it another try, but it has to be better this time. Stay tuned.