Church Alley Coffee Bar (4201 Canal St., 504-304-6306; www.churchalleycoffeebar.com) is now open in Mid-City after leaving its original location in Central City. The new coffee shop held a grand opening party April 15.
Owner Renee Blanchard opened the community-minded shop in Central City in 2013. The cafe, which is named after a small alley in New Iberia where Blanchard's grandfather owned a clothing store, moved into the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard in 2014 and closed that location in December 2016.
The new cafe shares a space with The Good Shop, from local retailer Goods that Matter (another previous Central City tenant), and the cafe functions as a coffee stop and gift shop.
The cafe offers a rotating selection of micro-roasters, including Congregation Coffee Roasters and Cafe Grumpy. There are hot and iced espresso drinks, cold brew and drip coffee. The food menu features fresh pastries, sandwiches, avocado toast, salads and granola bowls. Sandwiches include a smoked ham and apple combination served with Creole mustard and goat cheese on a toasted bagel. Turkey, avocado and cheddar cheese are served on ciabatta, and a cucumber, avocado and goat cheese sandwich is served on pressed naan.
The cafe offers delivery for a $15 fee and has catering services.
Church Alley Coffee Bar is open 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.