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Hawksworth Coffe Joint

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bonlee Sep 30, 2011 08:32 PM

I was walking past the empty space in the ground floor at the Hotel Georgia and saw a couple of architechty looking guys. Stopped and asked if Thomas Szasz was moving back in, and they told me that David Hawskworth will be opening a coffee shop.

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    Anne M Oct 1, 2011 08:38 AM

    Yes, that is Bel Cafe (named after his wife Annabel, apparently). Supposed to open the end of October according to the Hotel Georgia website.

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      bonlee Oct 1, 2011 11:41 AM

      Sorry about the typos.

      I meant to type Coffee and "Thomas Haas", but it had been a long week.

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        Anne M Nov 4, 2011 06:30 PM

        Opened today. I'lI check it out next week.

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          bonlee Nov 9, 2011 06:07 PM

          I stopped by today for a takeout coffee. I had my mind on something with some African notes, as it was afternoon. They had a "Spicy Viennese Espresso" on the menu that I though might fit the bill. It was a labour-intensive single shot with some whipped cream, all very artfully done. Flavour was fine, good acidity and body. I think they are serving 49th Parallel exclusively.

          Space is very nice, staff are still a bit discombobulated. There is a lot of baking and food available that looked great. Good spot for a quick lunch, energetic and buzzy. Not ground-breaking in the coffee department, but solid and dependable.

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            clutterer Nov 10, 2011 12:39 PM

            Went to pick up lunch there today. Agree that the staff - bountiful in numbers - runs around quite needlessly, though that'll probably be worked out quickly enough.

            Had a roast pork sandwich, which was quite good: the bread deserves commendation. Also had a macaron, which was lighter and crunchier than others around town. All in all, a pretty good first impression.

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