indie cafe gypsy beans adds second location in lakewood

Gypsy Beans and Baking Company, the popular cafe that has become a hub in the Gordon Square Arts District, is expanding to a second location. Owner Nicole Gillota's homemade pastries, signature Passport coffee drinks, and soups and sandwiches will soon be available in Lakewood when Gypsy takes over the Beck Center Cafe on Detroit Avenue.

Gillota, who opened Gypsy in 2007 with a "monster kitchen" primed for growth, says that she began hunting for a second spot last year. When the Beck Center Cafe became available and the managers called her, it was a "no-brainer."

"I love being part of the theatre community," says Gillota. "One of the reasons I was attracted to Gordon Square was because of Cleveland Public Theatre. There's always been a good synergy between the theatre crowd and the coffee crowd."

Fortunately, the Beck Center space doesn't need much renovation because former manager and art dealer Paul Sykes did a great job fixing it up. "It's absolutely beautiful," says Gillota, noting that she'll keep the waterfall feature.

Gillota expects to feature many similar menu items to Gypsy Beans in Detroit Shoreway, but will add new dessert items, as well. "The space is a little bit more refined, and we're going to cater to the after-dinner theatre crowd there, as well."

Yet Gypsy's unmistakable brand -- as a community nexus that combines fresh food, great coffee and made-from-scratch pastries -- isn't going anywhere. "I think we're an all-inclusive, all-encompassing spot," Gillota says. "I love that."

Source: Nicole Gillota
Writer: Lee Chilcote
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