Zoe’s Cafe now open at Lake & Bryant

Zoe's Cafe owner Jack McCrery works behind the counter at his new coffee shop in Uptown. Photo by Andrew Hazzard.
Zoe's Cafe owner Jack McCrery works behind the counter at his new coffee shop in Uptown. Photo by Andrew Hazzard.

A new cafe has filled the space of the former Carly’s Coffee at Lake & Bryant in Uptown.

Zoe’s Café opened for business on Dec. 28 and is serving fresh coffee and baked goods in the building, which has been refurnished and decorated to create a warm, casual environment to chat and work.

The owner, Jack McCrery, has always had a passion for good coffee. He began working at Dunn Brothers at 19 and developed a taste for the beans and the business. He said he enjoys being able to interact with people

“I’m a coffee nerd,” McCrery said.

Zoe’s Café is named for McCrery’s mother and the shop is a bit of a family affair for now, with his siblings helping out behind the counter.

As a coffee enthusiast, he hopes to serve roasts that expose customers to a wide range of coffee flavors. He will be rotating in seasonal batches of fresh coffees to serve.

“What’s important to me is, number one, cup quality, and number two, it’s got to be sourced responsibly,” McCrery said.

For now, he’s buying his beans from True Stone Coffee Roasters in St. Paul.

Zoe’s Café is currently selling baked goods from Salty Tart, as well as some of the McCrery family’s own creations like blueberry scones with lemon curd. He hopes to transition to selling all their own baked goods down the road.

The shop has started with coffee and baked goods, but he hopes to add some simple, small plates for meals and adding beer and wine in the spring.  Eventually McCrery would like to add a patio space to the shop and add a customized bike rack.

He’s aiming for consistent hours, service and creating a non-pretentious environment that retains regulars.

Zoe’s Café is open 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

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