We reported last week that Melt, a new coffee/ice cream shop, will be opening soon in the Carondelet neighborhood, and we now have some more details on the new eatery.
We dropped by over the weekend to chat with general manager Britt Bauer and get an inside look at the space, which is set to open at 6pm on Tue., June 12.
The ultra-creative, upcycled environment features all kinds of artful touches orchestrated by Jenny Baca, aka Jenny B. Jipsi, creative art director of Jipsi, and her team. They worked for months in collaboration with Steins Broadway, led by project manager Rande Hackmann, on everything from menu ideas to window treatments to the floor-plan layout and color scheme. Baca and her team also worked closely with Amy Luna on the logo and menu design, and Baca recruited Bauer, one of her interns, to fill the general manager position and help in bringing the atmosphere together.
The initial menu’s shaping up to be just as creative. Melt will be open evenings only, from 6 to 10pm throughout June. In July, the shop will be open seven days a week, breakfast through closing.
“Everything’s a little fluid now,” Bauer says. “We’ll adjust as we go to what customers want and what works.”
As far as the food, waffles, both sweet and savory, top the list, with gluten-free waffles prepared on separate waffle irons. Look for virtuous fresh-fruit toppings and others devilishly good, like Ghirardelli chocolate sauce and bits or apple pie. And, patrons can add ice cream to any hot waffle. The savory offerings are being refined this week.
Melt will serve craft beers by Perennial Artisan Ales plus a limited selection of specialty cocktails. “We’ll definitely have a lavender martini and a whiskey orange press,” Bauer says.
Wi-Fi will be available, along with vintage pinball machines, Pac-Man and more. On opening night, Swing DeVille will perform as part of a concert series sponsored by the Carondelet Community Betterment Federation.
The creativeness extends outside of the space, too, with brightly wrapped trees in the nearby Ivory triangle - "yarn bombed" by Baca and her team.
“Inside, we covered the backs of the stools with knitted yarn, too," Bauer adds. "As we find new things to upcycle and repurpose, the interior will change.”