The Spectrum posted on its Facebook page today that it's sold popular pre- and post-movie spot the Ultraviolet Cafe to Tierra Coffee Roasters, which already has a coffee shop next to the Madison Theatre in Albany. We had a chance to talk with the manager of both spots this afternoon, and here's what's up.
"We heard they wanted to sell and we wanted to expand," says Tierra's Ron Grieco, who's managing both shops. For the moment, he says not much has changed at Ultraviolet, aside from it now using coffee roasted at Tierra's organic nut/coffee roasting operation in Columbia County. Eventually, though, the Ultraviolet name will be changed to "Tierra Cafe" and the menu will see some some changes.
Grieco says the Ultraviolet spot was attractive to the company because that stretch of Delaware Ave already has a handful of likeminded businesses -- such as New World Bistro Bar -- and Tierra's organic focus seemed like a good fit. "We're looking forward to being a part of the community there."
The Delaware Ave location will be Tierra's second coffee shop/cafe. Grieco says the Madison Ave location has done well and the company will keep it open. It's also looking to eventually open other locations, though it doesn't have any specific plans at the moment.
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