Team behind Published on Main, Bar Susu to open new Mount Pleasant cafe later this month

We can already see the brunch line forming

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      A new cafe in Mount Pleasant? How novel. 

      Or should we say ‘Novella,’ (duh-dum-ch) the new spot set to open at 2650 Main Street late this month. 

      The team bringing the soon-to-be-newest addition to the neighbourhood is none other than Boxset Collective, the same crew backing both Bar Susu and the recent Michelin star-winning Published on Main, so it is no stretch to say expectations are high that Novella will be well worth a visit when it opens to the public.

      Novella Coffee (Photo: Sarah Annand)

      “We announced Novella late last year, and are ecstatic to finally open our doors to the neighbourhood,” said Cody Allmin, co-founder of Boxset Collective, in a release. 

      “When we first dreamed up Novella, we asked ourselves what kind of neighbourhood cafe would we want to spend time in? Definitely one with delicious food and a great space. But most importantly, excellent coffee, which is why we have partnered up with our talented friends at House of Funk Roasting.”

      Novella decor (Photo: Sarah Annand)

      The Mount Pleasant spot will offer a daytime menu, curated local goods, and, as Allmin mentioned, a complete coffee program run by House of Funk; a small batch roastery located across the inlet in North Vancouver. 

      “Consistency and high-quality coffee are the foundations of a great cafe,” said Ann Hnatyshyn, head coffee roaster at House of Funk Roastery Co., in the release.

      “We've assembled a team who are passionate about coffee, outfitted the cafe with the best equipment and curated quality beans from around the world in order to execute a world-class coffee program.”

      Technicolour espresso (Photo: House of Funk Roasting Co.)

      This includes rotating drip coffee options, HoF’s award-winning Technicolour espresso, and an exclusive Novella/HoF drip. 

      Along with the coffee, Novella will focus on breakfast and brunch menus, offering items like Novella Yogurt, a Turbo Breakfast Sando, Steel Cut Oats, and Pickled Beets, all courtesy of chefs Gus Stieffenhofer-Brandson and Ash Kurtz.

      Steel Cut Oats (Photo: Sarah Annand)

      Butterboom’s Aaron Surman will be on the pastries, and 2022 BC Sommelier of the Year Jayton Paul will be behind the wine program. 

      An official launch date has yet to be confirmed, but when it is open later this month you’ll be able to check out Novella’s 66-seat, 3,200 sq/ft space from 7:30am to 2:30pm, Monday through Friday.