Popular Albany Cafe Gets Roomier

Albany's compact Cafeina cafe on Solano Avenue, where the few tables were often taken, has expanded into the space next door, adding more seating and, to the relief of many customers, a restroom.

If you're a patron of Albany's Cafeina Organic Cafe on Solano Avenue, you'll be glad to know that your chances of finding a seat have increased as of Wednesday, when the popular cafe expanded into a former hair salon next door.

Owner Maria Myers told Patch the expansion not only helped relieve the seating shortage but also added another comfort. "It has a restroom," she said.

The added space is next door in the former Sunny's Hair Stylist. Part of the wall between the two businesses was removed so that customers can move between the two inside.

Cafeina, located at 1389 Solano near Carmel Avenue, features a friendly staff along with a creative menu of sandwiches, soups, salads and homemade desserts.

JW February 03, 2013 at 04:15 AM
I see a difference between an ice cream store (G. Naia) or a coffee joint that sells primarily food and drinks "to go" (Peet's) vs. a cafe that makes and sells full meals (Cafeina).
D. Mehrten February 03, 2013 at 04:17 AM
"A food facility constructed before January 1, 2004 with onsite food consumption is not required to provide toilet facilities for consumer, guest or invitee use as long as a sign stating that toilet facilities are not provided is prominently posted in a public area." Found this for San Luis Obispo county, but it's probably the same here.
D. Mehrten February 03, 2013 at 04:36 AM
"Primarily?" Over 50%? Over what period of time? Average over all seasons? Imagine the recordkeeping. And a "full meal?" What would that consist of? The law is confusing enough already.
JW February 03, 2013 at 04:44 AM
Perhaps. But the presence of tables and chairs vs. a counter is one difference in my mind. If someone buys an ice cream cone and stands in my shop to eat it, do I have to provide a restroom? Iffy. But if someone sits down at a table after ordering soup, salad, coffee and a muffin, I think they should expect to find a restroom on site.
Ross Stapleton-Gray February 03, 2013 at 06:50 AM
Especially if it's a bran muffin. I'm just sayin'.


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