Dolcezza's pop-up at the Mosaic District is becoming permanent.
By the end of the month, the gelato and coffee company will debut Mom and Pop's. The new concept is replacing the former pop-up location Dolcezza previously operated in the glass-enclosed restaurant in the park just outside the development's Angelika movie theater.
Mom and Pop's will be different than the coffee and pastry shop Dolcezza operated in the location for about a year. For one thing, they're completely reconstructing the restaurant, with lots of wood, concrete and steel, as well as an outdoor patio. The neutral design allows the focus to be on the activity outside the restaurant's glass windows, explained co-owner Robb Duncan.
While Mom and Pop's will have some similarities to the pop-up (there will still be coffee, pastries, and no gelato, since Dolcezza runs a gelato shop just across from the other location), the menu will expand. A major draw: sandwiches and appetizers like olives, smoked nuts and cheeses, courtesy of Red Apron Butchery. They'll serve four beers on tap (including local varieties like 3 Stars), red and white wine and their new nitro cold brew iced coffee.
Duncan says he was reluctant to take over the Mosaic location permanently at first. He was cajoled into running the coffee and pastry pop-up during the holiday season by the developers of Mosaic, but didn't want to branch out into sandwiches and other offerings, especially because developer Edens wanted the space to be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But the great placement of the location was a draw, and the decision to partner with operators like Red Apron, Righteous Cheese (which is providing the cheese) and Whisked!, which makes their quiches, meant that Dolcezza could still focus on its core business. "That means we're not distracted trying to do ten things really well rather than one thing really well," he said.
Mom and Pop's will open at 7 a.m. and likely keep late-night hours to appeal to the movie-going crowd. There are no plans to expand the concept beyond Mosaic District, as Dolcezza will have eight locations and counting when it opens.