Longfellows Cafe, known for providing inventive coffees, pastries, and breakfast sandwiches to the daytime crowd inside Cambridge’s Lamplighter Brewing Company, will cease operations on June 2, as owner Alisha Fowler prepares to relocate to New Jersey with her family. Though this marks the end of a partnership that began with the brewery’s opening in late 2016, it will not be the end of an in-house coffee program at Lamplighter: Brewery founders Cayla Marvil and AC Jones will launch Pepita Coffee in Longfellows’ place.
Fowler launched Longfellows with the opening of the brewery, initially intending to keep the operation small with just coffee, espresso, doughnuts, and waffles, she wrote in a farewell post on Instagram. Since then, Longfellows has expanded to include a larger staff, more pastry and food options, and a community of loyal customers.
In the next three weeks, Longfellows will host several farewell events, selling swag in its marketplace, offering off-menu specials, yoga in the taproom, and a final bagel Friday with Bagelsaurus. The full details of the farewell tour are available online.
“We wouldn’t be where we are today without Longfellows’ electrifying cold brew and delicious sandos — we’re also incredibly grateful for their cheery and welcoming contributions to the taproom and local community,” the Lamplighter team wrote in a post.
There will be a brief hiatus following Longfellows’ closure on June 2, after which Lamplighter’s Pepita Coffee will open on June 10.
Pepita will serve espresso beverages along with a rotating selection of cold brews and coffee-beer crossovers. Full details on the menu will roll out in the coming weeks, but Pepita will also offer Austin, Texas-inspired breakfast tacos.
In the meantime, catch the final events at Longfellows over the next few weeks, and look out for more information on Pepita Coffee.
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Well folks, we have some big news and it’s bittersweet: we announce that Longfellows will close after service on Sunday, June 2nd. Alisha and Jesse (and Skylar and Pepper) are relocating this summer as Jesse accepts a position as a professor at Princeton University. When we opened our doors with @lamplighterbrew 2.5 years ago, we had four items on the cafe menu: coffee, espresso, donuts, and waffles. Alisha thought she'd run a small shop with maybe 3 employees. With your support, we have grown into a vibrant coffee shop and community hub. Today, we have over 10 staff, are open 7 days a week (remember when we were CLOSED on Sundays?!), and are proud to say that we're a favorite community destination for so many folks. It has been an absolute honor and a joy to be a part of the food and female-owned business community in Cambridge and beyond. When we close, you don’t have to worry about finding good coffee elsewhere, because our friends at Lamplighter are opening a NEW cafe concept on Monday, June 10th! Check out @pepitacoffeeco on Instagram. You can look forward to a delicious spot to grab your coffee and breakfast, and you’ll notice some familiar Longfellows faces, too. Over the next 3 weeks, we're celebrating Longfellows with a series of community events – starting today! Events include: a Longfellows Marketplace, Barista Off-Menu Specials, Cafe Yoga, a final Sando Celebration, and MORE. The full details can be found at the link in our bio. Dear community: we thank you so much for your steadfast support, and we hope to see you a LOT over the next three weeks. We’ll miss you SO MUCH. Cayla, AC, and the entire @lamplighterbrew crew: thank you for being the best brewery and partner we could have asked for. You've been so supportive and incredibly fun to work with. Thank you for everything. XO – Alisha & the entire Longfellows crew
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