In case you haven't added The Standard Cafe to your caffeinated rounds, stop in and check out the sister store of The Standard at the Smith House. Located downtown on Eighth Avenue, across the street from the restaurant that shares its name, The Standard Cafe is a contemporary counterpoint to the ladylike restaurant, which serves lunch and dinner in an elegantly restored townhouse. Doubling as a gallery for artists David Rahm and Brenan Sharp, The Standard Cafe offers a sprawling and visually striking setting for reading, meeting, relaxing or snacking on sandwiches, soups, salads, coffee and homemade desserts. Box lunches are available for delivery to downtown businesses.
With the recent departure of Mad Mod furniture, the coffee shop now has room to expand its footprint in the Berger Building. Joshua Smith, who owns both the restaurant and the coffee shop, has plans to use the additional space for a live-music venue and wine bar, starting March 1. Miss Marple's Dinner Theater will relocate to the space as well, with its first show there on Feb. 14.
Located at 162 Eighth Ave. N., 254-1277, The Standard Cafe is open 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will morph into the evening venue at 5 p.m.