Cafe Ambrosia owner opens 2nd downtown Ann Arbor coffee house under new name
Ten years after Ed Renollet opened Cafe Ambrosia on Ann Arbor’s Maynard Street, he’s decided to expand his downtown footprint with a new store.
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As part of the move, he also changed the cafe names from Cafe Ambrosia to Elixir Vitae Coffee and Tea.
“I knew years ago if we ever expanded, we should probably do this since there are many Cafe Ambrosias and also an Ambrosia Coffee Co.,” Renollet wrote on the cafe’s Facebook page in September.
Renollet signed a lease for the roughly 950-square-foot East Liberty Street space on Aug. 1. He spent less than two months building out the space, which included installing sinks and new electrical outlets. He also hired three new employees.
“I really feel like the State Street area and the Main Street area and completely separate markets,” he said.
“This space is close to Main Street and it’s kind of like a different world down here,” he continued.
Renollet said he’s still making the finishing touches to the space, but he has tables and chairs set up and is offering various coffee and tea drinks and pastries. He was pleased with the turnout on the cafe’s first day of business.
Citing Ann Arbor’s coffee-loving culture, Renollet said his cafe has been able to survive for more than 10 years thanks to its personalized touch and locally roasted coffee.
“I think there’s something to be said for independent coffee shops in terms of quality and the types of drinks they’re able to produce,” he said. “One of the things that does make us different from other coffee shops is we use locally roasted coffee.”