On February 21st, 2015, Atlas Espresso Bar celebrated their first year anniversary by indulging their customers with a variety of goodies from delectable pastries and Trebilcock Coffee to their custom made breakfast sandwich, which was deliciously paired with a Caesar, created by the owners.
“I always knew I wanted to open a business,” recalls Sandrine Kwan, one of the owners of Atlas Espresso Bar. “I was at the perfect time in my career to do so. A team quickly assembled, first Bruce Dawson of Handlebar in Kensington, and then Zion Forrest Lee, who owns Mercury Espresso Bar in Leslieville.”
The trio was always interested in the up and coming area between Bathurst and Spadina on Front West with its densely populated communities like CityPlace and Portland Park Village. The opportunity to open a café in this location was a no brainer for the team who leapt at the chance to be a part of the central roots of this neighbourhood.
“The fact that we have started to build a community with the residents and small businesses around the area, I am so happy about,” Kwan gushes. “You can feel the warmth in the area instead of it just being a bunch of people in condos. People make human contact with each other, face to face, and begin to recognize each other and create relationships. We are lucky to be a part of that.”
The Atlas team wanted a space that emulated cafés similar to Europe. A place where people would pop in for a chat while they ordered their cup of coffee and pastry then go on with their day. To them, it’s all about getting to know their customers’ names and eventually their tastes.
“We wanted people to feel like they were coming to our house for coffee,” said Kwan. “Come over for a quick visit and a nibble, like a never-ending get together. We would like to continue to grow the community, and transform our day concept into an evening one, by introducing tapas style food and serving local craft beers, ciders, and wines.”
For their coffee roasts and blends, Atlas Espresso Bar offers Trebilcock Coffee Roasters, which is a blend from Brazil, Guatemala, and Sumatra that’s developed by a small father-son roasting company in Pickering. Along with their amazing coffee, Atlas Espresso Bar offers breakfast and lunch during the week as well as a delicious brunch menu offered on the weekend with themed daily lunch specials that change with the season, such as Meatless Monday, Crockpot Wednesday and Fish Friday.
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