The central Ardenwald Neighborhood once again has a coffee shop! Milwaukie Cafe and Bottle Shop, the Italian-inspired cafe opened on Monday for business on the corner of SE 32nd Ave. and SE Olsen St. I visited the cafe Monday night as part of the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association meeting and was treated to peanut butter cookies, a lemon bar, some red wine, and some toasted sourdough appetizer (sorry, I was a bit focused on the meeting duties at the time to gather all the details). I met the owners, Shea Pirtle and Chauncey Roach.
This morning I treated myself to a sausage, egg, cheddar cheese on sourdough toast breakfast sandwich and a mocha. It was magnificently delicious.Their menu has a limited selection of breakfast and Italian lunch and dinner items. They also serve wine, craft beer, and tap beer, an essential in my book.
The atmosphere was very open and relaxing with cool and neutral colors illuminated with a mix of natural, halogen, and antique incandescent lamps and minimal art on the walls. The cafe is set up for adult enjoyment, however, there are some toys and activities in a small corner for children to enjoy. The exterior’s mural originally created for Liz’s Creative Cafe was updated by the original artist, Jerry Schmidt, with the new name and some art modifications to reflect the new business (I saw him update the art one day).
Milwaukie Cafe and Bottle Shop is, I believe a welcoming treat for our neighborhood. I’m happy that they are here and I hope to make many more visits. They are open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and accept cash or debit/credit cards.