After months of renovation, The Aster Caf, 125 SE Main St., opened anew on April 30, "refreshed" and "with a French flair," said Aster owner John Rimarcik.
Curtains and faux wooden shutters give the interior the look of a French country home, and new Manager Brigitte Briraud adds authenticity to the flair.
Briraud, who is from Paris, painted the walls and overhead heating ducts to brighten the caf, she said.
The caf features new tables inside and on the outdoor patio, which offers views of the river just across Southeast Main Street.
Rimarcik said the caf will add some new items, such as quiche and salad nicoise, to the soups and salads previously on the menu, and it will offer a larger selection of better wines.
The caf also features a new counter, beverage cooler and espresso machine.
Briraud was busy with finishing touches on April 30, a "practice run," she said. The caf opens at 8 a.m. and is currently closing in the afternoon. Briraud said that, by the end of May, the caf would stay open until 11 p.m.
The remodeled Dunn Bros Coffee, 329 W. 15th St., will celebrate its grand opening from Friday, May 13 through Sunday May 22 with free lattes (via coupons mailed to neighbors) and weekend live music.
The coffee shop, under new ownership and management, sports a new look with lounge and table seating, free wireless Internet service and computers, an expanded menu featuring sandwiches, salads and quiche, new artwork and a back room available for meetings.
The caf is open for business already as it gears up, with coffee drinks and much of the food available. New manager Luis Mendoza said that live music would continue on weekends after the grand opening period.