A European-style cafe bakery is on the menu in downtown Rochester


December 2 — An empty space in Rochester will be transformed into a cozy spot for a sweet treat and a hot cup.

Rochester restaurateur Sammi Loo’s vision is to add something new to the Med City mix – a cafe and bakery with a welcoming international vibe.

“We’re aiming for a European vibe with a bit of Asian influence as well,” said Loo, who also owns Ootori Sushi. “We plan to focus on milk tea as well as craft coffee and Malaysian tea and coffee. We will sell excellent bread, chocolate cake, delicious carrot cake, tiramisu and other fine pastries and desserts. “

She signed a lease to open Mezza 9 Cafe and Bakery at 20 Historic Third St. SW. Barb Phelps and Leigh Ann Peltoma of Titan360 Commercial Real Estate lined up the space for Loo. The Buffalo Bar served gin drinks and vegan dishes there from 2018 until it closed at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

Loo hopes to be ready to open Mezza 9 in February.

In addition to desserts and teas, the cafe will also have soups, salads and sandwiches on its menu for the downtown crowd looking for a relaxing place to grab a bite to eat.

How did a person known for their sushi restaurants decide to open a European cafe?

“It’s something I’ve had in mind for a while now,” Loo said. “I want to create something more relaxing … a little different. I just want it to be a beautiful and comfortable place to have coffee and dessert.”

She also hopes to open the Mezza 9 kitchen to local cooks looking for a place to try a recipe or menu as an experimental food pop-up spot.

“I’m trying to create a pop-up kitchen, where a home baker could do something and use our space to promote their own food to show off their talent,” Loo said.

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