Café Aroma Turns a Corner, Opens New Location
The local cafe hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and party to celebrate their new address.
A steady rain cleared as if on cue early Monday evening in Winnetka, just in time for the ribbon cutting ceremony of Café Aroma's new location— on the corner of Elm Street and Lincoln Avenue.
The café opened over the weekend in its new space, which is much larger than its old location up the street on Lincoln, and now offers an expanded food menu in addition to coffee and gelato.
Guests toasted the occasion with champagne and caviar, savored hors d'oeurves, including panko-encrusted lamb chops, and sipped wine while musicians belted out "Come Fly with Me," among other classics.
Owner Mitra Ryndak was supported by her family and staff, all of whom welcomed the standing-room-only crowd. The specialty coffee shop, which also serves sandwiches, fresh juice and gelato, is bigger now that it occupies the former location of the Depot restaurant.
It also features new floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed brick columns, and a dark mustard yellow and deep red color scheme, all of which make Café Aroma considerably brighter than it was at its previous location. The new address also boasts more space, much of which is now lined with cozy tables for diners and idlers.
Guests included friends and customers of the shop's former location, which for the past six years was just down the block at 561 1/2 Lincoln where coffee lovers frequently crowded the space.
"I have many people to thank, who have supported my life since I have been here in America," said Ryndak, who is from Iran. "I thank you for all of the years you have supported me."
When asked whether it was the larger space or more prominent location that prompted the move, Café Aroma's cook Caryn Behr said "both!"