Yesterday we broke the news that Winking Lizard would be leaving Coventry Road next fall after almost 20 years. Today we get to announce the imminent arrival of a health-focused café with a proven track record.
Unless you live, study or work near the campus of Cleveland State University, you likely haven’t heard of Café Bon Appetit (1900 Euclid Ave., 216-696-8511, cafebonappetitinc.com).
But for almost five years the small shop has been dispensing juices and smoothies, salads, sandwiches and wraps, and sweet and savory crepes to an appreciative following. Soon, they will open a second location in Cleveland Heights, near the entrance to the old Centrum Theatre.
Jade and Jay Novak, the husband-and-wife owners, didn’t start out in the restaurant business. She is a biology professor, while he is a civil engineer. But they both have a passion for healthy food, and they saw a gap in the marketplace that they believed they could fill.
“We love eating organic, and we really support the concept of being friendly to the Earth and being friendly to yourself by eating good food,” explains Jade. “That’s what really got us inspired to open the café.”
As for their particular location by the university, Jade adds, “We saw that there weren’t a lot of budget-friendly healthy options for students and faculty in the area.”
Jade says that it took some time, but they eventually established Café Bon Appetit as a place to go for good, wholesome, affordable food.