Chef Brendan McGill is once again expanding his family of Hitchcock restaurants and cafes with a Cafe Hitchcock Express, a downtown spot focused on grab-and-go food, coffee, and CBD lattes. It’s located in the same building as Cafe Hitchcock, which McGill opened a year ago. Cafe Hitchcock Express will pop-up in the former Tully’s at 821 2nd Ave. starting later this month through summer, with the goal of becoming a permanent installation after that.
McGill’s menu will involve Caffe Vita coffee and espresso, cold-pressed juices, sodas made on-site, Iggy’s Honeybrew Kombucha, and the CBD oil-infused “wellness lattes” that were recently added to the Cafe Hitchcock menu. The lattes are made with cannabis’ calming, non-psychoactive element, so these drinks can’t get customers high.
As for the food, McGill is planning to combine hot items with grab-and-go options to suit office workers in a hurry. Sandwiches served on Sea Wolf Bakery bread might include smoked ham with brie and arugula, for example, while gluten-free organic wraps will hold herbed cashew “cream cheese,” cucumber, parsley, dill, among other options. Take-away choices like yogurt and granola parfaits, salads, and rice bowls will comprise the prepared foods section.
McGill is also changing the physical space, adding white walls, custom furniture built from reclaimed wood, mid-century modern chairs, and original art from Aleks Dmitrijevic, making the transformation from Tully’s to a space more in line with the clean, modern feel of his Hitchcock restaurant and cafe spaces.
When it opens, Cafe Hitchcock Express will operate Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.