Perks Coffee & Cafe (4300 Clearview Parkway, Metairie) opens this summer.
The cafe is the project of husband-and-wife team Ashley and David Varnado. Ashley is the chef behind the operation and David, a coffee industry veteran who has managed several cafes in the area, will handle the coffee.
Ashley says the idea for the cafe has evolved for years as she noticed a lack of healthy options at area drive-through restaurants. Perks joins a crop of nearby coffee shops, but the Varnados say their concept will focus on freshly prepared foods to go.
"As a parent, you just don't always have time to cook," she says, adding that the menu will feature classic cafe fare including breakfast pastries, soups, sandwiches and salads.
"We'll do a lot of steamed vegetables and baked and grilled items," she says. "Everything is fresh and local. Nothing is coming off of a Sysco truck."
There will be inside seating as well, and they expect to offer coffee from a local roaster.