A new coffee shop and wine bar opened last month in the Melrose District. The Refuge, located at 4727 N. 7th Ave., serves coffee and teas, as well as a variety of wines and artisan beers.

But have no fear, you can get some nosh with your liquid refreshment. The breakfast menu ranges from yogurt and granola to breakfast burritos. Tasty sandwiches, salads and soup of the day are offered as well as light appetizers and large plates. Homemade desserts will be a focal point of the café.

Coffee drinks are served all day—everything from lattes, cappuccinos, espressos and specialty drinks. Smoothies also are available in a variety of flavors.

The bar is complete with a nice selection of local and seasonal beers, mostly IPA’s and a variety of red and white wines. Happy hour will feature $5 glasses of select wines and $12 bottles, half off tap beer and $2 off bottle and canned beer.

“Inside The Refuge, you’ll find a gallery of hand-crafted art made by refugees from around the world,” said Steve Capobres, managing partner at The Refuge. “Proceeds from the sale of the work directly benefit the artist. Net proceeds from food, beverage and merchandise sales support services for our community’s most vulnerable.”

The Refuge is open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Guests can also enjoy daily happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m., with live music and entertainment on the weekends. The Refuge is a social enterprise of Catholic Charities Community Services. To learn more, visit: http://therefugeaz.com.


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