Cabañas Cafe celebrated its grand opening Monday in the location which was previously Northside Cafe on Euclid Avenue.
According to a Cabañas Cafe employee, the cafes switched ownership on Aug. 1. Northside Cafe shut its doors earlier this summer due to the owners’ decision to retire.
Since then, the new owners have been preparing to reopen to Berkeley’s community, now bustling with a new class of students.
Entering the new cafe, guests are greeted with fragrant smells from the open kitchen that can be seen from the cash register. Light rock music from the ’80s can be heard playing in the background while the employees cook.
Cabañas Cafe appears to be a popular destination, with a steady flow of students coming in and out of the cafe. Some enter only for coffee while others sit down and eat a sandwich. The cafe also accommodates people entering with laptops, with wifi made available to anyone who decides to study and purchase a meal at the cafe.
The owners of Cabañas Cafe are also owners of Las Cabañas in Downtown Berkeley. Like Las Cabañas, Cabañas Cafe serves Mexican cuisine, a notable change from the previous menu.
Specifically, the new menu serves Mexican-style breakfasts, vegan ice cream and Mexican-inspired Hungarian kurtos dishes. However, Northside Cafe’s sandwiches remain as an option for any nostalgic diners.
“It is different from the past because it is vegan and vegetarian,” said Oswaldo Mendez, an employee at Cabañas Cafe.
Mendez also shared that he enjoys working at the cafe, noting that he has had a long career in cooking food.
Two patrons shared that they used to frequent the cafe before ownership changed. According to them, the food “tasted good” and is the same quality as before.