Customers of Corner Caffe will soon be able to order beverages stronger than a cup of coffee.
The South Lyon coffee shop was approved by the city for a liquor license.
Corner Caffe co-owners Mike Carano and Rhonda Bifano are excited to make plans for new offerings this summer, including renovations to the business at 101 S. Lafayette St.
The pair took ownership less than a year ago and are ready to expand their vision of a “cool, unique place” in South Lyon.
“We want to incorporate both the wine bar/small plates restaurant in with the coffee shop/restaurant theme,” Carano said. “Ours will be a little different… What we hope to create is a place that will add to the downtown and make it more robust.”
First, they are planning some renovations to the shop, which be enlarged after Glazy Days, which sublet about 1,000 square feet of space from Corner Caffe, moved out of the building and in to its own larger space.
Corner Caffe now has approximately 2,300 square feet in the oldest building in town, originally constructed in the 1870s.
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Carano said renovations will including building a bar area with stools, adding tables, and improving the fire rating while keeping as much of the historic nature of the building as possible.
After the work is completed, Carano can apply for the liquor license from the state, and then the real fun starts with menu expansion, which he hopes will be done in June or July.
Corner Caffe plans to offer “really, really good martinis,” as well as other high-end cocktails, and of course, a great wine selection.
Also coming soon are lunch and dinner “small plates,” a popular trend in restaurants, which tends to be more appetizers and which Carano describes as a higher quality dining experience in a casual setting. And to facilitate this, hours will also be expanded.
Offerings will include unique deviled eggs, cheese platters, potato or ricotta gnocchi, Italian meatballs, and heirloom tomatoes with a balsamic glaze. He hopes to copy a smoked brisket spring roll he had at the Union Street Station in Detroit and will also offer desserts including tiramisu and cheesecake, in addition to keeping the beloved Guernsey ice cream offered now.
“I don’t want to limit it,” Carano said. “What we have on the menu will continue, pretzel sliders, panini, pulled barbecue pork with Vermont cheddar. I love good tacos — soft tacos with mahi filler or options with the way you can order.”
He added, “We want it to be a fun and unique experience when people come in, so their eyes light up with things they have never tried before.”
Corner Caffe is currently open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. For more information, call 248-437-0686 or visit www.cornercaffesl.com.
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