Drawing inspiration from her grandfather, Lizbeth Carlos created a warm and cozy cafe at CoCol Beer, Wine, Coffee in Socorro.
Carlos, four years former director of Joe, Vinny & Bronson, said she always dreamed of opening a cafe. So when a friend contacted her about space in a booming arts district on Socorro Road, she had to take the plunge.
For the past few weeks, Carlos has been offering a breakfast and lunch menu in a building that also houses a restaurant, El Charlatan, and is opposite the bustling art square, Casa Ortiz, and the Three Missions brasserie.
“The brewery started it all here, then Casa Ortiz, then El Charlatan and Moonlight Hall will be there – so it’s four entities at Hacienda Apodaca,” she said of the separate white, mission-style buildings.
“We try to use social media to promote each other, which is great,” she said.
Carlos said the cafe paid tribute to his family and in particular to his grandfather, who used to call for his coffee saying, “dame mi cocol! His grandmother would then prepare her coffee for him to enjoy in the morning.
The menu has a range of coffees, including delicious options with an edging feel – a latte made from Abuelita chocolate and a coffee made from Mexican nut candy, Mazapan. It also offers chai, espressos and iced coffees.
Carlos is also the cook and said she hopes to make the quiche a signature dish for customers. She also invites customers to try the bacon croissant for breakfast.
The cafe offers a variety of sandwiches and wraps for less than $ 10 for lunch. Top choices include the delicious Waldorf Chicken Salad Croissant and Chicken Wrap. Soups are seasonal and now is a great time to try a tasty and creamy cup of tomato soup with a sprinkle of cheddar cheese.
The owner said she would like to bring a farmers market and live music or art. She also plans to bring beer and wine.
“I want to make it as private as possible, a place to relax and feel like home away from home,” she said.
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María Cortés González can be reached at 915-546-6150; [email protected]; @EPTMaria on Twitter.
If you are going to:
What: CoCol Beer, Wine, Coffee
Or: along Mission Trail, 10180 Socorro Road, Socorro
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.
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