Morrissey’s Irish Pub opens coffee and tea room

Customers are quickly discovering Morrissey’s new coffee and tea room — a new book club recently held a second meeting there by the fireplace, complete with Irish coffee.


The drink menu includes Café Coretto, described as a “sippin’ shot,” featuring espresso spiked with Fernet-Branca and NOLA coffee liqueur. A Dublin iced coffee is made for whiskey aficionados, with Clontarf Irish whiskey, Guinness, cold press and cream. The biggest seller is the Proper Irish Coffee, with Clontarf, coffee and house-made whip.

The owners expanded into the former Malobe Natural Hair Salon space at 915 W. Lake St. to give customers more bathrooms. (The line was running seven deep during Sunday brunch.)

They didn’t want extra tables to sit empty all day, so they decided to create The Shoppe and sell gourmet sandwiches, house-made muffins, Rishi Tea and Tiny Footprint Coffee, which is a carbon negative coffee company based in Brooklyn Center.

IMG_2374Tea is served in vintage bone china cups. If you’re going to have a proper tea, you must have the proper cup to go with it, co-owner Scott Schuler said.

They also plan to offer high tea, featuring a three-tiered tray with finger sandwiches and scones — “although we don’t want to push the British anything too much,” Schuler said.

During high tea service, they will pull out co-owner Roy Connaughton’s family bone china set from Ireland.

“Maybe it will bring us some luck,” he said.

The Shoppe is available for private parties in the evening. Events thus far have included a CD listening party and a traditional Irish wake. A wall-sized screen played the Super Bowl this year, and it may also show the occasional soccer game.