This is what it looks like when an Alberta staple tries on Southeast Portland: The owners of Northeast's Black Cat Cafe, an offbeat coffee shop that also offers a surprisingly well-rounded bottled beer selection, cigarettes, and only an occasional fear of getting mugged mid-cappuccino, have just opened a new cafe just South of East Burnside called the Black Bike Cafe. Also featuring coffee from Batdorf and Bronson's fair-trade operation and pastries from Delphina's Bakery, the Black Bike Cafe opened quietly this weekend with drink specials and a cozy space from which to watch SE 28th stroll by. With a brighter and better organized vibe than its Northern predecessors (the second Black Cat Cafe has been open on N Interstate for over a year), this new caffeine-dispensary also offers beers on tap, sandwiches, and anything else you'd want from a casual coffeehouse that plans to be open til 12 am in the near future. I know I have genuinely appreciated having a local non-bar in which to kill time waiting for friends after other cafes have closed - it's a drag when sipping a shitty beer in a dive bar and avoiding eye contact with too-friendly men older than my father is the only alternative to wandering outside in the rain. The Black Bike Cafe will not please your Stumptown Coffee snobs or cocktail bar addicts, but it's a mellow locale for a quiet drink, reading your favorite alt weekly while people watching, or chowing down on a breakfast biscuit on the way to work.
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