By Jessica Moore | firstname.lastname@example.org
Froghollow Coffee Shop opened Thursday in the same storefront that had been La Paloma Sabanera, a coffeehouse that was a staple in the neighborhood for years.
“[La Paloma] was more like Hartford’s living room, and we still want to have that vibe. The difference here, this is more of a neighborhood-friendly place,” said manager Angela Poteat.
Poteat worked as a barista at La Paloma.
“I’m still here and I’m telling customers to come in. If there’s something here, it’s good for the community,” said Poteat.
Owner Syed Anisi, who also owns Capitol Grocery two doors down, said his original plan was to expand his store in the larger space. The zoning department would not approve a convenience store at the location at 405 Capitol Avenue, he said. Anisi said at that point he had already signed the lease and decided to open a coffee shop.
“We have coffee, pastries, sandwiches, muffins. We use local breads and local pastries,” said Poteat,
Customers filled the restaurant around 9:30 a.m. Thursday, including state employee Ina Katkar. “This is different, they have a deli, so we said ‘let’s go patronage the new place,” said Katkar.
La Paloma closed in June. Former owner, Virgina Iacobucci, launched a petition drive against the building landlord over repairs and tenant selection.
The shop is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and serves Omar Coffee, a coffee company based in Newington. Prices range from $1, $1.25, and $1.50 for small, medium and large coffee respectively. A foot-long sandwich will cost $5 and includes chips and water. For more information, call: 860-560-7726.