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What's the deal with Highland Perk?

Does anyone know when Highland Perk (on York) is set to open? Seems a long time coming.......wonder if they are having permit problems?

Tuna Toast: http://tokyoastrogirl.blogspot.com/

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  1. Seems like a strange neighborhood for a coffee house.

    Give them an e-mail.
    Website says September of 2006.


    1. According to the owner's post on the Northeast List, it'll be another month or two.

      1. Well their website says that they are now open. How is their coffee, and other offerings?

        1. I was there today, at the grand opening, and left very impressed. It's a great spot to hang out. Lots of couches and free wifi. The coffee and food were pretty good. They're still a bit disorganized, so expect to wait longer than you should to get served. But that's to be expected at first. After the disappointing closure of Mudpuppies, anyone in the area should come out and support this place.

          1. Hi, Tuna Toast!
            I've been going to Highland Perk for a couple of weeks now. It's cute, with lots of (mostly terrible) art on the walls, several big sofas, free wifi. I like it, though it is terribly disorganized. I am very happy to have a coffee house there, and I will continue to patronize it, but I have my fears for it. On a recent Sunday morning, one lone teenaged girl was manning the counter and the kitchen, doing her best. It took 20 minutes to get a sandwich. On every table is a yellow sign saying that you get a free scoop of ice cream with every desert. (As opposed to dessert.) I know some people don't care about grammar and spelling, but some do, and it isn't that hard to get it right. I like their coffee, though I wish they'd get some really large mugs so I wouldn't have to drink my triple americano out of paper. Most important is the attitude of the staff--they have been universally friendly. I have made this my coffee house of choice, and fully intend to become a regular. I'd love to see some non-pastry breakfast items offered, like bacon and eggs. All in all, I really like Highland Perk, and hope they can organize a little better. What is it about Starbucks and Buster's that makes service so fast and efficient?

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            1. re: mancina

              Starbucks and Buster's are corporate owned, thus the tons of money for staff as opposed to family owned like Highland Perk-Mancina. I like this place and their milkshakes.

            2. i was there last night for the first time. i agree w/ the others. cute place. friendly staff. my iced coffee tasted like water, though. and i sorta wish they cut down on the self-promotion for a beer and wine license. a bit outta hand, if you ask me.

              1. i was just there today and could tell the staff is still trying to get the hang of the run of the place. but they were super willing to please. i like that everything there is new, new tables, couches, chairs--better to enjoy it now than wait for the couches to get worn and tattered with everyone's jean germs. ya know?

                i ordered a vegetarian sandwich and it was a veggie pattie with choice of bread, i got an italian roll. pretty good for cafe food. i also got the iced coffee, but i enjoyed mine. i like that it's free wireless, glad to have something in highland park and now i imagine i'll be hanging out in my neighborhood more! a toast to highland perk! welcome to the neighborhood.

                1. I've been there twice in two weeks. I agree with most of the posters here, too. Location is great. Building is amazing. Coffee is good. and strong. Staff very friendly. Good small business vibe. A sense of community and not the stale feeling of a global corporate tentacle like Starbucks.

                  Menu is hard to "get" and not sure what I would eat there if I were hungry. The infrastructure is there for an truly amazing place, but they details need to be fine tuned. That can be worked out with the right peoples, plan and training.

                  1. Highland Perk is now "La Casa Blue" and it's awesome. The art is still terrible, but they're definitely getting their sea legs as far as the organization of running a coffee house. It's not as easy as it looks (I know from experience) Their menu is a definite plus. Fries, and homemade chips rock. I'm a vegan, but my two year old was enthusiastic about their chicken nuggets (although at a price of $6 for five, I should hope she would be!) The coffee rocks, the Italian Sodas are an underrated treat, and they have a respectable tea collection, all of which can be iced. They need some mugs, though. They have brought honor and coffee to the hood, and for that they shall be called...heroes.