A new coffee shop infusing a little theatre into its lattes recently opened its doors at 161 Promenade du Portage in front of the Portage IV Complex in Hull.
This humongous coffee shop, once home to Presse Café, provides a warm and enjoyable setting to unwind and enjoy theatrical shows while serving local products. “We noticed the lack of venues in the region and, since we like the atmosphere of a coffee shop, we decided to combine the two,” said co-owner Fredéric Jobin.
Both owners studied theatre at the University of Ottawa and plan to encourage the arts in the region. “Starting in September, we will have a full list of shows for the public,” said co-owner Genevieve Shaw. Until the end of August, improv shows will entertain the patrons every Thursday night starting at 7 pm.
Many of their products come from local sources. On top of offering entertainment and different types of coffee beverages, Au Café Show will also serve up breakfast, lunch and some delicious delicacies from Fidélices. Café La Tierra Coop, located on Vaudreuil Street in Old Hull, will ensure their supply of fair-trade coffee, while the beautiful Maison de thé Cha Yi on Eddy Street will provide exceptional tea. After adding Laiterie de l’Outaouais‘ milk into your beverage, you can sample bread from La Ballade des Douceurs on Blvd Gréber or chicken from Ferme aux Saveurs des Monts. “We come from the region, and it’s important to contribute to the local economy,” said Jobin. “We want to create a circle to support each other.”
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Their goal is also to add some life to the government-focused community. Many nearby businesses close around 5 pm, but Au Café Show plans to stay open until 10 pm from Wednesday to Saturday. “It’s really important to create a little life in Old-Hull and to offer entertainment,” said Jobin.