A new coffee shop brings fresh-baked croissants (and cheesy bacon rolls) to the Roncey strip
For awhile it seemed like Roncey was in danger of losing its indie-coffeehouse cred, what with the recent closure of Alternative Grounds and the influx of corporate beverage behemoths, like David’s Tea and the much-maligned Timmy’s. Brand-new arrival Extra Butter hopes to prove that there’s still room for small business on the busy strip. “Extra Butter is a shop that the community made,” says co-owner Cassie Germann, who met her business partner, Ian McPhedran, while working down the street at Cherry Bomb. “If you ask for it, we’ll try to find it.”
The cozy shop, which takes its name from a luxuriously oily blend of Dark City coffee, has five tables and a cool, Art Deco aesthetic, with faux-tin wall tiles and a collection of covetable Italian vintage chairs. In addition to standard espresso beverages, the café turns out an enticing lineup of made-in-house pastries, including croissants, breakfast tarts and a savoury spin on the cinnamon roll, stuffed with bacon, cheese and maple-mustard sauce. Smoothies and sandwiches are in the works, as is the shop’s namesake beverage: an experimental coffee-and-coconut butter concoction that’s currently in the development phase.
Extra Butter, 283 Roncesvalles Ave., 647-340-7791, facebook.com
5 thoughts on “A new coffee shop brings fresh-baked croissants (and cheesy bacon rolls) to the Roncey strip”
Sounds good, except for the Dark City coffee. That’s a bummer. Although, I guess that selling bitter, over-roasted coffee could boost the sale of deliciously sweet baked goods.
fried rooster head?
I hope it goes well. I wasn’t pleased when David’s Tea moved in next door to the little guy. Roncey is more of a community when the strip is made up of indie establishments.
I think they have dark city coffee because they are dark city coffee. Their move to the street seems misguided.
Something about their “divorce” from Cherry Bomb always seemed very messy. I lived a few blocks away, at the time, and I remember getting a postcard delivered when Cherry Bomb decided to roast their own coffee and stop using Dark City. The tone of the postcard was bitter, and it seems they still haven’t gotten over it.
I really liked dark city coffee, but I imagine cherry bomb represented a huge portion of their sales. I’m actually not sure where else to find it anymore.
Extra Butter, the shop, is not Dark City. Extra Butter, the coffee was on a high demand after Cherry Bomb started roasting their own coffee. So the new shop went from what the community wanted. And no. I am not a Dark City rep. Just happen to have some info to fill you in.
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