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|200 East Avenue, Rochester NY, 14604|
|Hours (as of May 2011)|
|Monday - Thursday: 6:00AM to 11:00PM|
|Friday: 6:00AM to Midnight|
|Saturday: 7:00AM to Midnight|
|Sunday: 7:00AM to 11:00PM|
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SPoT Coffee is part of a micro-chain of coffeehouses, of which there are five others in Buffalo (one on Delaware and one on Elmwood). There is also a fourth location in downtown Toronto and another in Williamsville. Another has recently opened as well in Delray Beach, Florida.
SPoT Coffee is located next to the Little Theatre in the Upper East End. The building was previously home to Hallman's Chevrolet, so there is ample seating areas on two floors. Massive windows spanning the front of the store allow ample light to come in during the winter months. The crowd here is diverse and less cliquish than at nearby Java's, due to SPoT's enormous capacity. It is easy to be anonymous here. Due to its location in the East End, it is very lively at night, on Friday and Saturday nights one can find the line of customers around the bar - yet during the day it is much more relaxed.
Occasionally SPoT has live music, usually on Wednesdays and Sundays. The acoustics are interesting because the sound bounces around in the large space and some types of music (like solo saxophone or solo guitar) sound better than other types (like a band with a complete drum kit). Music is played in a cozy area with couches and comfy chairs.
The second floor opens onto the first with a balcony stretching nearly the entire wall, an ideal spot for people watchers to set up camp and pass the time. The restrooms are distinguished by a Barbie and Ken doll. The real attraction is the building itself, its massive chandeliers and arching window, and the laid back atmosphere. The space is open, but effort was made to differentiate seating, such as a courdoned parlor with couches and chairs, a traditional cafe seating of tables and chairs, and a wooden bar seating area.
SPoT Coffee was closed for renovations from 10/13/2010 to 05/26/2011, during which time a wall was built which divides the former space into two halves. The half on the right (furthest from the corner entryway, where the fireplace is located) has a sign on the outside which reads "AVAILABLE". The remaining half contains the renovated SPoT Coffee. The full upper balcony area remains part of SPoT and overlooks both sides of the new wall. The antique furniture and old couches and chairs have been replaced by new contemporary furniture. They now serve pizza as well as all their previous menu items.
SPoT Coffee roasts their own beans in their roastery in Buffalo and have whole beans for sale . They roast coffees from around the world but as a company policy, do not roast or brew "flavored" coffees. The tea list is an extensive Republic of Tea bagged tea selection. The food consists mainly of various focaccia bread sandwiches, baked daily in the store, including the popular chicken focaccia, a sundried tomato and pesto chicken creation with mozzarella. SPoT also serves salads and wraps, and they serve breakfast like eggs and omelets every morning. A new pager system is in place which is given to each diner to know exactly when their food items are up and ready for them to enjoy!
SPoT Coffee is available for business meetings or social functions; it is easily sectioned off to host any type of event, and SPoT Coffee caters. Call for menu options.
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