A sweet new business is taking up residence in a Craftsman house on University Avenue; Deja Brew Lounge is the first solo project from Mariana Covarrubias and Vannak Seang, graduates of The Art Institute of California’s hospitality program. Covarrubias has worked in pastry and Seang’s grandfather ran a bakery, so both are well-versed in desserts.
Slated to launch by mid-August, the cafe will be open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m, serving an assortment of fresh baked pastries and cakes by the slice, from croissants and pumpkin bread to waffles, chocolate hazelnut torte, and cookie butter cheesecake. Everything will be available accompanied by soft serve ice cream, with optional add ons.
Soft serve can will also fill another signature treat, a specialty of Bulgaria and Hungary called a chimney cake. Also known as a doughnut cone, the hollow, cylinder of yeasted dough is baked on a spit and will come with different glazes and toppings.
A Mexican coffee roaster will fuel Deja Brew Lounge’s coffee menu, which will include a large array of speciality coffee drinks in flavors like Banoffee, Nutella Banana, White Aloha, and Tres Leche. Other beverages will range from boba milk teas to lemonade variations.