Ahmed Nooh opened International Corner at 1428 Nicollet Ave. May 1, offering coffee, tea, smoothies, pastries and Internet access. He plans a larger overhaul.
He wants to encourage an international mix of customers, he said. One idea is to devote each month to a different nation, offering the coffee, tea and pastries from that country.
Nooh wants to offer live music in the evenings and is renovating the back room, he said. He should finish the work in mid-June. Plans include using the space for a large-screen TV (for educational programs), open microphone events and free art classes. Citizens for a Loring Park Community could use the back room for meetings.
Nooh is encouraging college students to come by offering free Internet service if they have a valid student ID.
The corner has had several coffee shops come and go in recent years, including Guru Koffee, Red's Espresso Bar & Lounge and most recently Bravo.