Mezza 9 Cafe and Bakery will bring a taste of Europe to downtown Rochester – Reuters

ROCHESTER – A taste of Europe with a side of cake is brewing in downtown Rochester.

Restaurateur Rochester Sammi Loo is gearing up to open Mezza 9 Cafe and Bakery at 20 Historic Third St. SW, the former spot of Bar Buffalo.

Following a ribbon cutting, she hopes to open the cafe in the 2,000 square foot space by the end of this week.

“We’re going for a European vibe with a bit of Asian influence as well,” is how Loo described the cafe in December. She also owns Ootori Sushi in Rochester.

This vision includes a focus on artisan tea lattes and coffees as well as Vietnamese coffee.

The dessert menu includes macaroons, blueberry white chocolate cheesecake, lemon curd cake, bourbon banana caramel cake, gluten-free flourless chocolate pie and more.

Sandwiches, salads and soups will also be available.

“I want to create something more relaxing…a little different. I just want it to be a nice cozy place to enjoy coffee and dessert,” Loo said in December.

She signed the lease to open Mezza 9 Cafe earlier this year. Barb Phelps and Leigh Ann Peltoma of Titan360 Commercial Real Estate lined up space for Loo.

Bar Buffalo served gin drinks and vegan food at this location from 2018 until it closed at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

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