• 237 McDermot Ave.

  • Phone: (204) 421-0682

  • Email: wfpnewscafe@gmail.com

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  • HOURS

  • Mon - Thu: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  • Friday: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

  • Saturday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  • Sunday: Closed

NOW OPEN

Countdown is on to opening day

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The interior of the cafe showing new tables and chairs in place.

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The interior of the cafe showing new tables and chairs in place. (JOHN K. WHITE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

The padded banquette is ready for occupancy.

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The padded banquette is ready for occupancy. (JOHN K. WHITE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

We are now a week away from our soft launch and almost everything is in place.

There is a constant buzz in the café as newly hired staff members work the kitchen to learn the nuances of the menu, experts come and go to install various items and dozens of passersby  drop in assuming we're already open. It shows how much progress we've made since taking over the space and it illustrates the hunger, if you will, for this kind of café in the area.

I chronicle the progress in point form, in no particular order:

  • New tabletops arrived and have been installed on the original bases
  • New chairs have arrived and are in place
  • The padded banquette section was installed
  • The main counter area - made from the wood used previously for the baker's rolling table - was fitted over the sleek new base
  • The point-of-sale system was installed and is up and running
  • The new ceiling fans and accents lights have arrived and await installation
  • The cappuccino machine was installed and is - ahem - thoroughly tested
  • The kitchen is fully stocked and test dishes are being rolled out

The next major installation involves the stage lighting and audio gear to support our live video broadcasts. That is scheduled to commence today and extend through to Wednesday.

That is also the day we officially relocate our video team of Tyler Walsh and Tania Kohut to the café, where they will post updates as they are fed to them and deliver live hits throughout the day when warranted.

We are finalizing our plan with MTS for public access to the web for paying customers. I'll roll out details of that once confirmed. Next to the coffee, it's the most-asked question I get in emails about the café.

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Chairs are surprisingly comfortable.

Beer and wine pending liquor permit in early April.

Good luck with the Fish Taco.

are you serving draft/alcohol?

I say as long as the food tastes and looks good, pardon the pun, the rest is just gravy.

This is a great idea - it's true though, the chairs in particular look uncomfortable.

Looking forward to it. I have to agree with KK, though: with the choice of materials, colours and furniture it looks rather cold and utilitarian at the moment, but I'll wait for the final product before I judge. Are those chairs comfortable?

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Cheers!

@Kit Kool: You mean, maybe, local photographers' works? (He says knowingly...) We're not even close to done with interior design work...

I have to say the decor seems a little bland and cold. Not very inviting, that is. Not really a place I'd want to stay to eat in. It reminds me of a dreadful cafeteria more than an inviting cafe.

How about showcasing local talented artists? Maybe murals? Something to spruce up its look.

Welcome to the neighborhood :)

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