Musette Caffè undergoes change: Burrard relocation and Chinatown transformation

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      One of Vancouver's best-kept secret cycling spots will have a much more visible presence at its new location.

      Musette Caffè on Burrard, with its mix of coffee and cycling gear, was located at 1262 Burrard Street but its entrance was from the alley.

      Unfortunately, the cozy spot closed on December 1, as the building will be torn down. But fear not, cycling-and-caffeine addicts, for the café will relocate to a new space at 1325 Burrard Street.

      Some plateware prototypes for the new Musette Caffe.

      By phone, owner Thomas Eleizegui told the Georgia Straight that he hopes to open in May.

      The bonus of the new location is that, unlike the previous location which had about 80 percent of its food items brought in, the new location will have an internal kitchen, and so food will be freshly made on the premises.

      Although he said they're still working on menu, they do hope to have a weekend brunch menu, in addition to grab-and-go and takeout items.

      What's more, cycling paraphernalia will still be available for sale either as a shop within the café or beside it. Eleizegui promised they'll sell "unique stuff that you can't find on the market right now and a lot of people don't have".

      Musette Caffe Chinatown changed to the Message Café in January.

      Meanwhile, Musette Chinatown (75 East Pender Street) has also undergone change. Eleizegui said that after the Wentworth Hospitality Group (Tableau, Homer St. Café, Loden Hotel) joined as partners of that location, they relaunched the location as the Message Café, and it has since moved away from cycling focus.

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