Regulars will notice the new paint. The once-tiny kitchen has been expanded and equipped with new ovens, a deep fryer, and walk-in freezer and fridge.
The restaurant/coffee bar has moved into space at the side of the building and along the back, with dry-cleaning equipment from University Cleaners removed to make way. (University Cleaners still operates a storefront for pick-ups.) There's also an upstairs area being eyed for future expansions.
What this means for the consumer is that chicken and waffles are now part of the menu. There's also a new fried chicken sandwich, which Cafe Eclectic's Rachel Boulden describes as "homemade Chick-fil-A." There are new vegetarian options as well with vegan pancakes being a regular offering.
Boulden says they spent the first day post-renovations working out hiccups. They had initially planned to be closed for 4 days for the work but the Easter holiday pushed back the re-opening.
"A whole week!," says Boulden. "That was a little traumatic."