Photo by Caitlin Abrams
Is this the summer that we finally embrace our alleyways? Could be.
The Dayton brothers are launching the new iteration of Askov Finlayson this weekend, so sayeth AliShops in her sneak peek. But along with the shiny new store, they've created a shiny new alleyway between the old building, housing The Bachelor Farmer and Marvel Bar, and the new building. You might have seen it last weekend when it was sort of open during Kräftskiva.
"There's such a shortage of green space in our neighborhood, it's nice to have an outdoor space that can help bring some life to the streets" Eric Dayton says. "We just planted some trees, put down some pavers, and threw a few picnic tables out there and it changed the whole dynamic." The alley will be a common courtyard space, with both the new store and the coming café opening out onto it.
Construction begins on Monday to turn the old Askov space into the new café, which is on target to open by late Fall. Opening might be too late in the season for much patio time, so let's look forward to next spring when the alley will be anchored by a retro-fitted airstream trailer tucked in the back. The plan is for the café to close around 4ish and the alley to open up as a beer garden, with a few humble light snacks and beers/wine to carry you through those twilight hours. "We don't want to compete with the restaurants or Marvel, so there won't ever be cocktails, but it will just be a great space to hang, kind of like a pocket park."
If you can't wait for next spring, you can enjoy the alley for the rest of this summer with the TBF sausage cart that's open and cranking five days a week. And feel free to pop by this weekend for the opening festivities where the sausage cart will be accompanied by Dogwood's Cold Press Zamboni (!!) and drinks for the event.
Still wondering about the name of the coming café? Dayton says, "We're just calling it the café for now, because it's truly a shared project between Paul's kitchen doing the menu, and Marvel Bar doing the coffee, so it's really just an extension of what we're already doing. Plus I don't really want to have to manage another Facebook account." Well said.