Cafe Keough is a new coffee shop and cafe that opened a few weeks ago downtown. I wandered by there today and was pleasantly surprised and enchanted by the tall ceilings, aged tile floors, and general ambience of the place.
According to this article from the MBJ, Cafe Keough's owner Kevin Keough is also a minority owner in Karen Carrier's Beauty Shop – which is a very good thing in my opinion. It's at 12 South Main, in the Commerce Title Building across the street from Felicia Suzanne's.
They have breakfast items like bagels and pastries, salads and sandwiches from about $10 to $15, and several coffee options, all of which you order at the counter. I didn't have time for a meal, but I did grab a chai latte to go. (It was a little on the sweet side.) I will go, eat, and report back soon.
It feels like a neighborhood cafe, like somewhere that has regulars who've been going there forever. When I went, there were several tables of folks on their lunch breaks, and a few people working on laptops. The long bar/counter and style of chairs gave it a diner feel, but the Corinthian columns and tall ceilings made it more upscale. It really reminded me of some of the places I've seen in New York and San Francisco.
Cafe Keough is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day, and as far as I could tell, the full menu is available all day. They're waiting on their wine and liquor licenses and after that will be open later on Fridays and Saturdays.
Here are a few images to tide you over until I can get back and give a full report.
(Ed. note: This post was updated to clarify Kevin Keough's involvement with the Beauty Shop.)