If you are mad about coffee like I am and love to sit in coffee shops with your laptop to get “work” done like I do, you need a healthy rotation of places to visit. And since July I’ve had another stop on my rotation, and one wonderfully close to home, Café Mustache. Now mustache aficionados will tell you that serious mustache people spell it with an “o” but Merriam-Webster seems to think differently. At any rate, according to the café’s website, they mainly picked it because they thought it was funny. It also provides the decoration motif for the place. Probably the best is a small poster picturing Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, White Sox coach Ozzie Guillen and famed Bears coach, Mike Ditka, all mustachioed, with the caption, “all won championships.” Below this is bare-faced Lou Piniella with “has won no championships.” After the Bears-Packers game, I hope they have promptly added Lovie Smith.
Café Mustache features traditional coffee shop fare such as coffee, tea, pastries, and sandwiches, all locally supplied. Additionally, Café Moustache is local business and community-oriented, seeking to be more than just a coffee shop. Following this philosophy, they present young artists and musicians, staging readings, concerts and encourage people to use their location as meeting place. They’ve even come out with a compilation CD: Mustache Music Volume I. I find Café Mustache laid back, inviting and a place to get a good cup of coffee. The music is also really good, consisting exclusively of vinyl selections. Peeking back behind the counter at their record collection, it almost looks like a radio station. Mostly I do my “work” there, but it also proved to be a good place to sit down and talk with Zack Wirsum when writing about his show.
Café Mustache is located at2313 N Milwaukee Ave, to the southeast end of Logan Square, near the California Blue Line stop--an area that has greatly benefited by new businesses, particularly non-chains.
-Erik Wenzel, Senior ArtSlant Staff Writer