Cafe Alto is opening in a portion of the former New Order Coffee space
A new cafe and coffee shop called Cafe Alto opens later this spring in the former New Order Coffee space in Brush Park. Cafe Alto, owned by real estate company @properties and coffee roastery CoffeeHaus, shares space with the real estate firm which built several offices at the location. Once open, Cafe Alto will roast its own beans with CoffeeHaus and sell pastries from White Wolf Patisserie and Canelle. The cafe’s own brand of bottled drinks is also in the works and could launch this summer, a representative tells Eater.
New Order Coffee closed its original location in Brush Park last June due to the economic hardships brought on by the pandemic. Its remaining location in Royal Oak closed in February, bringing an end to the cafe side of the business. New Order continues to sell its beans and other merchandise online.
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