Back in February, we wrote about a little snafu involving Trend Coffee & Tea House on Bloomfield Ave. Construction was closed down by the town for lack of a permit.
Well, the permit was obtained, as well as a certificate of occupancy, and on Saturday the much anticipated coffee shop finally opened. I scored a prime spot in one of the sunny front seating areas, where I read, wrote, ate a sandwich and did some serious people-watching. The two jutting, multi-mullioned bay windows are quite a draw for a certain kind of person, and over the course of a few hours, I saw dozens of people stop, check out the menus and look inside.
The two front windows are Trend’s greatest asset, but also — because there are only two of them — its greatest limitation. If you’re lucky enough to get one, you’re apt to stretch out like a lazy cat and monopolize the space all afternoon. The rest of the restaurant is cozy, but a bit dark. Co-owner and manager Eliott Alex plans to renovate the back half of the building to create cozy little seating areas, each with its own fireplace. When accomplished, that will go a long way to extending the restaurant’s gezellig footprint.
Wherever you sit, be sure to check out the sandwiches. I had one titled the “gobble gobble” (roasted turkey, jarlsberg, applewood bacon & tomato with cranberry horseradish sauce on a 7-grain bread), and it was absolutely heavenly. “They call them paninis,” says Alex. “I call them grilled cheese.”
Alex wisely cut many of those up and set them out for customers to sample on Saturday, including the chocolate-covered bacon. If he sets out the chocolate-covered bacon indefinitely, and saves me a seat by the window, you may never find me anywhere else.
The opening of Trend is a welcome addition to the neighborhood as, sadly, the tea house Cha Ma Gu Dao, around the corner on Glenridge Ave., closes its doors this Sunday. It will continue as a mail-order business.
Trend is open 7 am. to 11 p.m. Sunday – Wednesday and 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday to Friday. Wifi is available.
411 Bloomfield Ave.