This past weekend I had the opportunity to sit down with Patrick Abbott, one of the owners of the Cup N Cork, to talk about their exciting new location. In case you haven’t had a chance to check it out, they recently moved into the Alliance building at 11 S. Spanish St. (formerly Mollie’s Restaurant). Patrick said the move was very sudden and grew out of a conversation that happened at the “right time”. Although Patrick and Tina loved their previous location they both felt this was the right time to grow.
The previous building was adored by patrons because of the location, and special touches like the wine wall and local art. Those things are amplified at the new location and finished with a special touch affectionately known as “the pit” by the customers. The new building offers a cozy charm and a spectacular patio that will allow the business owners to offer more events.
The Cup N Cork has weekly entertainment on Thursday and Friday nights. Patrick, who has a background in music, seems to enjoy the energy that the musicians bring to the business. The open mic night is a chance for locals to show off their talents in spoken word, or song. The atmosphere is nonsmoking and family friendly. With the amazing selections of coffee, wine and beer there is something for everyone. It is a great place to relax and enjoy some music and a bite to eat.
Patrick enjoys interacting with the customers and hearing their stories of special occasions held in the building. He says, “There is a lot of fond memories of this particular location. So many wedding receptions, showers and rehearsal dinners.” He says that this new location has so much to offer and is perfect for special occasions and gatherings. They have already booked several events in the short time they have been open.
All in all, Patrick says the customers are excited about the new location and have been very supportive. Patrick and Tina are anxious to revamp the menu but Patrick cautions, “We don’t want to be a steakhouse. We want to keep it simple and keep the wine and coffee as the features.” Patrick and Tina are looking forward to growing the business at the new location. When asked about the future Patrick can’t help but think about the past. He said, “As a history buff I like to imagine the hundreds of thousands of feet that have graced these grounds. I think we will continue to grow, add more music and special events. It’s such a great facility, we want to use it to its best advantage.”
Hours: Mon-Thurs 7a-8p, Fri 7a-10p, Sat 9a-10p, Sun closed
Menu: The current menu offers homemade soups, desserts, fresh baked bread, salads, sandwiches, etc. Be on the lookout for the menu to expand in the near future!
Location: The Cup N Corks’ new location is called the Alliance Building or Klostermann Block on the National Register of Historic sites. According to the Cape Girardeau Historic Preservation Commission on the City of Cape’s website, the building was built in 1905 and captures the style of Italian Renaissance Revival (www.cityofcapegiardeau.org).
As written for iluvlocalplaces.com