The Perfect Cup Doubles in Size

By Samantha Abernethy | Thursday, March 10, 2011

To handle the crowds, The Perfect Cup bought an adjacent property, doubling the seating for the cafe. Photo by Brad Bretz.

The Perfect Cup is a cozy, independently-owned coffeeshop at the corner of Damen and Leland avenues that has become wildly popular.

In January, the shop closed for two days to revamp the cafe space and open an additional room to accommodate the crowds, enjoying flaky pastries and free wi-fi.

“But we’re still filling up,” said barista Lizz Gardner.

The extra seating brought extra wall-space, too. The Perfect Cup filled the walls with a constantly-changing exhibit of paintings by artists from the neighborhood.

This was the full size of The Perfect Cup before renovations. Photo by Brad Bretz.

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  • http://www.paigeworthy.com paigeworthy

    It was so cozy before. I get that they wanted more room, but I think it’s lost its charm now! The Grind for me any day — I’ll share a table if I must.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=619468101 Joshua Wentz

    The expansion includes more food options too! They just started making breakfast sandwiches this week (tasty!), and I saw salads on the menu today as well. It’s nice to have more lunch and snack options in the neighborhood.

    I agree that little bit of the coziness is gone, but coziness quickly turned to cramped in there before. I like being able to spend time in a cafe without being jostled by people in line or at the table next to me, and the expanded space succeeds in providing that.

  • Anonymous

    I go in there a few times a week, and a lot of our content is actually written at a cozy table there. I was relieved that they expanded because I hated having to get my coffee to-go when it was cramped. I’ve noticed more people going there to set up camp. Sometimes I have to share a plug, even at 1 p.m. on a Monday.

    And yes, I hear they have more food options, too. I haven’t been able to try any (gluten free diet restrictions), but they sure smell good.

  • http://twitter.com/lizzkannenberg lizzkannenberg

    I’m a little bummed about the new password policy on the internet – I get that they can’t let people sit in there all day without buying something, but I always buy something when I first arrive and now after a couple hours I’m now forced to buy something I don’t want so I can keep working. Kind of negates all the cozy feelings of a neighborhood joint I used to get from this place. You won’t find me there anymore – it’s Winston’s for me from now on.

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