"Born from our love for coffee and surfing, September was built around the excitement of hurricane season." A new coffee shop inspired by surfer culture from Costa Rica to Indonesia is about to land in Little Burgundy. Café September, from principals Isaac Berman, Ravi Handa, Marie-Elizabeth Lajoie, and Michel Martin, hopes to soft open the first week of March. Look for a third wave coffee program managed by Aidan McMurray, late of Kitsuné and Myriade, and loose leaf teas and house infusions. September's healthful food menu will evolve over time, but includes the likes of energy balls, toasts, a breakfast sandwich and salad, tea cakes, and yogurt and granola bowls.
The coffee shop at 2471 Notre-Dame Ouest, a couple doors down from Joe Beef, between Charlevoix and Vinet, was last home to Flash Expresso and Boulangerie La Niçoise. September, which started the makeover of the space last November, will have to win over new customers in what has become a dynamic café sector. Once home to only Lili & Oli (and a Toi Moi & Café), the denizens of Little Burgundy and adjacent Saint-Henri now have Java U, Starbucks, Buck 15, Café Saint-Henri, and others to consider for coffee fixes.