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Monkey Monkey Coffee and Tea opens in Mid-City

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  "There's really no story behind the name Monkey Monkey except that we thought it was fun," said Ryan Dempsey Dec. 10, as he and other Monkey Monkey Coffee and Tea (4641 S. Carrollton Ave.; www.facebook.com/monkeymonkeynola) employees painted finishing touches on the new space and arranged brightly colored chairs. The business officially opens this week.

  Located in a corner spot in Mid-City, Monkey Monkey Coffee and Tea adds a daytime hangout to an area in need of an extra caffeine boost. The spacious coffee shop (which replaces a hookah bar) is breezy and sunny, with tables and couches meant for lounging. The menu features a wide selection of coffee drinks, including granitas, mochas and lattes, as well as specialty loose-leaf teas and Italian sodas.

  Monkey Monkey will serve pastries such as cinnamon rolls and cookies made in house, in addition to locally made bagels and cakes. Meal options will include BLTs and chicken salad sandwiches.

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