July 27, 2011 7:38 PM
After opening on Elmwood in 2008, and expanding in 2009, Comfort Zone Cafe has closed its doors on Elmwood. Fortunately another cafe (and juice bar) was waiting in the wings to take over the space. Over the next two months, Angelo Ashker will be renovating the cafe that will ultimately be open seven days a week from 7am to 6pm serving full breakfasts and lunches, and eventually dinners. "We've installed a full kitchen and will be preparing fresh food with produce from the local farmers markets," Angelo told me. "We'll have fresh smoothies and juices, and a complete breakfast with Belgian waffles in the morning, sandwiches and paninis for lunch, and down the road we're looking to be very creative with our dinners."
Ashker's will eventually introduce themed dinners into its list of culinary offerings, featuring different chefs for different evenings. "We're going to be looking for chefs who have followings," Angelo said. "There should be a restaurant that people can go to where the food changes depending on who is cooking. We're looking for suggestions from the community, to see what sort of foods are missing. We're new to the city even though we have three other restaurants in the region. We want to cater to the Elmwood clientele. I think that people will like what we're doing here. We're happy to be part of the community."
Ashker's Juice Bar and Cafe
1002 Elmwood Avenue