Five months after the Crosstown Coffee House & Community Center closed its doors at High Street and Encinal Avenue due to a dispute with the landlord, High Street Station has opened at the popular site. The new spot is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekdays and weekends.
Pictured below are co-managers Susan Timney (right), Lynda Kretlow (left) and David Parkin (center). Thanks to the efforts of many friends and family members, the three officially started serving coffee in the restaurant on December 19 with a “soft opening.”
The 19th is a good omen, they say, since the 19th Hole bar did business in the same site for 42 years — attracting local sports figures, VIPs and other celebrity types.
The official opening of High Street Station is set for 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 30. Musicians like jazz bass player Jake Sampson will provide entertainment. (He recently played at the coffeehouse with a friend on December 27.)
“We should be getting a piano and hope to encourage more musical participation from the talented teachers and students next door at the Alameda School of Music,” Timney says.
The shop includes memorabilia like a black-and-white image of two gentlemen driving a classic car, one of whom is supposedly a previous owner of the building, and information on Alameda sports legends and sport heroes’ connections to the Island.
“We will increase our hours as we get busier,” said Timney, who is an active member of the Alameda Elks Lodge.
She and Kretlow spent the last four years improving the Elks’ breakfast program, which supports local charities and organizations and is held on the second Sunday of every month — drawing between 150 and 300 guests. Both have extensive experience in the food and beverage industry.
Kretlow still works at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco in the catering department, while Timney cut her teeth at the Hyatt hotels in Union Square and by the San Francisco airport.
The co-owners have applied for a license to serve beer and wine on the premises. For now, though, it’s coffee, tea, homemade lemonade and other non-alcoholic beverages that are offered, along with pastries, bagels, sandwiches, salads, fruit and more.
Locals like Pat Lamborn are glad to have the convenience of such a restaurant in the area. “I can’t wait until they get to serve wine,” said Lamborn. “And I’m really happy that a coffeehouse reopened here. A lot of work was done on the place. I really hope they make it.”
The new managers are eager to get visitors, parents, kids, musicians and others actively involved in the coffeehouse, which has some board games, foosball tables, flat-screen television sets and a Wi-Fi connection.
“We hope to be here for a long time, and we are very open to suggestions,” says Timney.