New high-end cafe open in Hartford

September 19, 2017 by  

Hartford residents have a luxurious new spot to enjoy coffee and light meals, as Spectra Wired Cafe recently opened in the city’s downtown.

The cafe was designed and furnished by Wonder Works Construction and Development Corp., which also designed Spectra Boutique Apartments.

The cafe has a deliberately retro feel, with cement walls and floors contrasting with partitions and shelves made of wood. There are blue leather chairs and velvet couches in teal, trim colors reflect the seasons, and a sculptural tree behind the counter also suggests the natural world.

The space comprises 5,000 square feet, and is both a lounge and coffee shop. It took over space on the corner of Kinsley Street and Columbus Boulevard that had been vacant for some time.

The cafe is the dream of Laurie Waddell, the property manager, but plans did not come together until November 2016, when Copera Coffee Company came on board as a partner. This spring, Waddell hired Elizabeth Goslee to develop the menu. Goslee has come up with dishes like deli sandwiches, hot and cold paninis, and specialty lattes like chai.

The cafe, as its name implies, offers free Wi-Fi to its patrons, and will sometimes have live music as well. Waddell also plans to serve craft beers from Connecticut brewers.

Businesses like this can get a boost if managers create flyers, including coupons, to hand out during the first days of operation, inviting people to try the new shop.