Big remodel precedes opening of Cabe’s 9.5.8 coffee house
Where: 958 Lincoln Way, Downtown Auburn
Hours: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday (expanded hours beginning in the spring)
Phone: (530) 823-1242
When Auburn residents Michael and Katy Cabe began planning to open a cafe, they wanted a place that was friendly and cheerful.
“We wanted to create a coffee house — that was always our vision,” Katy Cabe said Monday. “(We wanted) a place for the community to come together to highlight art and music. We were inspired by Streetscape and by Tango (frozen yogurt shop) and how that’s kind of changed Auburn. And we wanted to be part of that.”
They opened Cabe’s 9.5.8 in December, after months remodeling and refurbishing the space on Lincoln Way that fronts on to Central Square.
Michael Cabe, a building contractor, and Katy Cabe completed most of the work themselves.
“When we got the building it was just a shell,” she said. “The floor was all jack-hammered and the plumbing ripped out. We did everything from underneath the ground and up.”
They scoured magazines and books for layout and decorating inspiration.
“Both of us had worked in restaurants before so we had a little bit of an idea for how we wanted it to look,” she said.
The eatery offers a breakfast and lunch menu, with sandwiches, soups, salads and pastries — and, of course, coffee and teas.
The bread and baked items are delivered daily from Bella Bru Café company, based in Sacramento. The soups are prepared in house.
“We do a couple of soups out of the “Art of Real Food” cookbook,” Katy Cabe said. “We do broccoli cheese, hearty potato leek … chicken and rice.”
The most popular so far is zuppa Toscana, a spicy Italian soup. In fact, one customer left a note saying it was the best soup she’d ever had, Cabe said.
The coffee is prepared using the French press method.
“It is brewed in small batches and it is all grown organically,” she said. “We have light, medium and dark roast and an Italian roast decaf. We do the espresso drinks, frappes and other cold drinks as well as the hot drinks.”
Among the sandwich menu choices are a couple of paninis. There are also breakfast burritos and other breakfast sandwiches.
For students there’s a $5 lunch special of sandwich, chips and a drink.
There’s also free Wi-Fi.
Owning the café is a natural fit for Michael Cabe, who is a dedicated coffee drinker. His favorite is the light roast.
“Mostly what I enjoy are the people, the coffee and the atmosphere,” he said.
The Cabes are planning a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Auburn Chamber of Commerce in the next few weeks and will have a grand opening on Feb. 22.
“We’ll have drink specials and an expanded menu,” Katy Cabe said. “There will be food samples people can try.”
April Anderson and Marti Carr, who work in the Forgotten Soldier Program, visited the café for the first time Monday.
“It’s nice to have a coffee place close by,” Carr said. “We’re working at the Healing Light Institute (just across the street) and decided to check it out.”
“It’s very nice. It’s very clean and the decorations are nice,” Anderson said. “You can look out the window and watch the world go by. And we like that it is a local business.”
It was the second visit for Katelyn Butcher, who works in Auburn and stopped in for an afternoon coffee.
“I think it is really cute. It has a nice atmosphere and a lot of good food options,” she said. “I really like a coffee shop with (a lot of) windows where you can sit and observe all the action.”
Besides running the restaurant, Katy Cabe has a house-cleaning company and Michael Cabe is continuing to work as a contractor. They have three children — Karly, 16, and Waylen, 14, who attend Placer High; and 3-year-old Amelia.
“The kids are really involved in sports so we do a lot of stuff with them,” Katy Cabe said
They also enjoy family outings — boating, camping and yoga (the whole family does it).
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