Photo by Kevin Marple.

Urbano Cafe is planning to open a coffee shop and bring back its lunch service.

The restaurant, which opened in Old East Dallas in 2009, is setting up the coffee shop in its Two Doors Down space, which is located two doors down from the restaurant entrance.

At the coffee shop, neighbors can purchase coffee, locally made pastries, kolaches and quiches, as well as dishes like the French breakfast, which includes cafe au lait, a baguette from Village Baking Co. and berries. Plus, there will be grab-and-go salads and sandwiches for lunch.

Pastries, including muffins, kolaches, croissants and quiche, will come from Leila Bakery, which was recently named one of the best bakeries in Dallas.

The coffee shop will open Dec. 14. Its hours are 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

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Urbano Cafe is also beginning to serve lunch for the first time since the pandemic started. Neighbors can stop in for familiar favorites like parmesan chicken paninis and house-made tomato-basil soup. New features include pepper-seared ahi tuna salad with roasted beets, spinach and black olive pesto, and fusilli with braised short ribs.

A full menu is available here.

Lunch will be served 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday starting Dec. 16.

The restaurant may expand lunch service in 2022. Dinner is still offered 5-10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

Urbano Cafe is located at 1410 N. Fitzhugh Ave. Owners Mitch and Kristen Kauffman renovated the 1920s-era building, and in the process found the original tin ceiling tiles.

It’s right around the corner from Jimmy’s Food Store.

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