The "compact addition to the cultural hub of [the] South End" offers espresso drinks, drip coffee, pastries, cakes, cookies, sandwiches, and salads, like all Boston-area locations of the growing chain. Since making its U.S. debut in Downtown Crossing last year, the London-based, Italian coffee purveyor has opened additional outposts locally in Jamaica Plain and the Longwood medical area, and a Fort Point location is on the way, too.
The South End cafe uses reclaimed wood from a South Shore barn for its bar, as well as doors from New Hampshire. The "homely and rustic feel" ("homely" being a Britishism for "cozy") continues with features like a fireplace and original brickwork, and European touches come in the form of Parisian-molded street lights and "continental antiques found throughout."
The shop at the corner of Tremont and Clarendon streets is open until 3 p.m. today and is offering free coffee to guests. Eventually, the cafe will be open daily from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.