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Jun 10, 2009 06:56 PM

DeVille, Part 2

Just an FYI - DeVille's new location will be opening soon (if it hasn't already). They were this past Sunday for a charity event, so I expect the soft-opening to be sometime this week.

The new cafe is in the Colours by Battistella condos on 1st St. and 13 Ave. SW. Rumour has it they recruited a chef from the St. Germain, so the food should be just as good, if not better, than the original location.

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  1. I stopped on today- they're still a few days from opening and Paul guesstimated early next week. They have to pour the epoxy to seal the concrete floor and it can take a couple of days to be finished.

    DeVille has always got their food from St Germain, so no recruiting was necessary- food from St Germain, coffee from Intelligentsia.

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    1. re: John Manzo

      Yeah, I took a stroll down there after posting and noticed the sealant on the floor. Everything else seems pretty much finished though - the shelves are even partially stocked.

      Regarding the chef, I was told second-hand that they'll actually have the chef on location instead of bringing everything in. Seemed a little far-fetched to me since that would involve a significant investment in a proper kitchen. Why bother when their system at the original location is working so well?

      Regardless, I'll be there regularly for my Black Cat fix.

    2. stopped in for a latte this morning...i had forgotten how much i like intelligentsia coffee - a few places used to have it in vancouver that i frequented, including artigianno years ago. that's a good latte - anyone tried the nutella latte? sounds interesting for a treat.

      i'll have to try them for lunch, the sandwiches sound delish!! funky space! i like it!!

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      1. re: pants

        That's right! I forgot that back in the day, Artigiano had Intelligentsia- in fact it was on a visit to Van in 2001 that I had my first real "third wave" espresso.

        I got a really nice sandwich there- tender beef w/ "ale cheese" (not sure what that was, seemed like a regular sharp cheddar). That and an Aranciata, and a macchiato for after was $15 and in a nice comfy space with those great loungy tunes they play there.

        Maybe this should go in a separate thread, but I just found out that Caffe Rosso in Ramsay is using/selling beans from a very respected roaster in Boston called Terroir. Phil and Sebastian are a few days away from unveling their own roasted coffees, Insomnia (opening July 1, or supposed to, in the Burns Bldg) will be using Fratello's "competition blend" for espresso-the one Joel May used to snag 3rd place in the Canadian Barista Championships- and so the range of fine coffees available in Calgary is getting ever larger and more diverse. I always forget as well that Bite Groceteria sells the lovely espresso from Caffe Umbria in Seattle.

        1. re: John Manzo

          i noticed a while ago that rosso wasn't serving illy anymore - the lattes are good, their tea lattes are also really nice(that's my afternoon choice). i saw the phil&sebastion guys in rosso meeting with the owner one day, though it might be their coffee in there now since i didn't see any beans for sale or signs up saying what they were serving...anyhow, the Terroir is nice.

        2. re: pants

          Stopped by DeVille's new location today on my way back from lunch and tried the nutella latte. The espresso component was amazing - I am stuck with Starbucks most of the time so this was an extremely delicious introduction to "good beans" - but the drink really lacked any sort of nutella-fuelled punch; it came across as just a creamy latte.

        3. On my way to check out Guiseppe's market, I had a coffee @ Deville. Same as many other local new coffee places, brilliant coffee. Really brilliant.

          But. Enough already with the uebercool designs. Maybe I am getting old, but I do miss some Gemuetlichkeit when drinking such a good coffee.
          Not in a Kaffa or primal Grounds kind of way, more like back home where you actually linger and enjoy the furniture you are sitting in.

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          1. re: worldwidestuff

            Love the use of Gem├╝tlichkeit, worldwidestuff. I enjoy trendy interiors and I like how Chow Bazaar's is filled with natural light, interesting textures, and contrasting colours. And some hip chairs are quite comfortable, like the Eames chairs at DeVille.

            I had a chai latte over ice the other day. Friendly service, like at DeVille, and the brownies with white chocolate chunks looked especially alluring. The person I spoke with said they were going to try for opening hours until 11pm. I'm looking forward to that! Finally a good and (relatively) late-night coffee place.

            1. re: worldwidestuff

              You really must check out Insomnia (NE corner of the Burns Building)- very much a non-trendy reno of a historic space and an espresso sample yesterday was fantastic- I went in to escape Anvil (horrible overwrought cliched heavy metal) at Sled Island at Olympic Plaza yesterday and they made a practice shot and let me taste it- great!!

              They open next Tuesday!

                1. re: John Manzo

                  I had to look up the Burns Building - apparently it is 237 8th Ave SE, across the street from city hall.

                  1. re: 23skidoo

                    It's the performing arts centre- you were standing across the street from it yesterday :)

                    1. re: John Manzo

                      John did they move into the spot that was once a souvenir store? It's good to see competition for Baraka's in there....with a name like Insomnia does that mean they'll be open late I wonder.

                      1. re: maplesugar

                        I hope they replace Baraka. I did the summer art market in Olympic Plaza last year and Baraka opened at the strangest times. One Sunday they opened for one hour! Hardly worth the trouble of setting up.

                        1. re: sharonanne

                          Baraka is still there... but I'd be worried if I were them.

                          1. re: sharonanne

                            Sharon I spent quite a few years working in the Calgary Public Building (hand driven elevators down the hall from Baraka) I'm pretty sure we kept them in business because we were somewhat of a captive audience. The cafeteria at the muni had worse coffee...and there was a grabba java in the telus convention centre for awhile but that didn't last long...and unfortunately it was tough to get anywhere but Baraka in your alotted 15 min break.

                          2. re: maplesugar

                            It's the NE corner of the building- part of the space that was once Drinkwater's and then that horrible one whose name escapes me... plans are not just to be a 9-5er but I'm not sure what their hours will be.

                            There's "Insomnia Cafe" on all the windows, you can't miss it!

                            1. re: John Manzo

                              Ah I know exactly where you mean. That space has seen a few different incarnations since Drinkwater I think. Hopefully they become -the- spot for municipal staff...

                              (my apologies btw to can_i_try_some for the bit of thread jacking)

                  2. so what happened to this place? I have to admit that since the woman that was there in the beginning left, we only went back a couple times, it quickly went downhill - could that be the reason? they had a bunch of kids in there that didn't know what they were doing? The last time I was there was the worst attempt at latte art i've ever seen, if you don't know how, just don't do it.

                    It's too bad they are gone, i really did enjoy it in the beginning.

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                    1. re: pants

                      Maybe they were victims of too-fast expansion- the other two DeVille locations are very much still open (Art Central and Fashion Central). Colours will be reborn as a new coffeehouse with new owners.

                      1. re: John Manzo

                        Colours location will be reborn as a crepe place and not with new owners.

                        1. re: 300rwhp

                          The hell? Really? I though deVille had sold it.

                          I was just talking to the manager of the yet-to-be-renamed replacement of deVille at the PRBC, which was just a couple of weeks ago. He didn't mention a thing about crepes- he said they were doing renos and would be revealing their new name soon.

                          How do you know this? Are you saying that this is going to some sort of new St Germain thing with crepes?

                          1. re: John Manzo

                            i had heard a while ago there was a breakfast place going in the block, but that was when deville was alive and well...i'm OK with a crepe place as long as they have better staff than those there at the end of deville.

                            I do still go to the other two de ville locations - the colours one was just close to work.

                          2. re: 300rwhp

                            hmm... I spoke with one of the people there a couple weeks ago. They told me that Paul had sold this location to the St. Germain group and they were in the process of re-branding. Perhaps they're jumping on the crepe bandwagon? I don't think that would be a bad thing, as long as they still have decent coffee.

                            I was also told that they've also switched over to Fratello beans, as DeVille held the license for Intelligentsia. A couple years ago, I would have despaired at this news, but thankfully, Fratello's upped their game in recent years.

                            1. re: can_i_try_some

                              Agreed here completely- in fact I was chuffed at the idea that I'd get to taste Godfather made with a Synesso. Still might happen, I guess.

                              Not to snark but is there a crepes bandwagon? Cafe Crepe has heen in Van and TO for years now- seems late to follow that trend, though I guess crepes might be here to stay (that Robson location has been there for at least 10 years).

                              1. re: John Manzo

                                Snark away, John! hehehe.. I know you can't really help yourself. ;p

                                Okay, so perhaps the crepes bandwagon is now more of a cart. ;) But certainly creperies are more prevalent than they were even just a few years ago when you would have to go to the few places that served decent crepes. Now, you'd be hard-pressed to find a neighbourhood, or even a mall without a "creperie" of sorts. Heck, even Pacific Mall (aka T&T on 36 St NE) has a crepe place now!