An announcement that Cafe Zoma would be closing for good on Tuesday leaves open the possibility of a renaissance. In an email sent early Tuesday, owner Ann Freiwald explains that she is convening a brain-storming session on Sunday to bat around ideas that might sustain the location as a neighborhood gathering place in some form.
Located at 2326 Atwood Ave. next to Absolutely Art, Cafe Zoma has established itself in the last three years as a funky fixture in the Schenk-Atwood neighborhood. Its back entrance welcomes pedestrians and cyclists arriving by way of the East Isthmus Bike Path. Inside, the cafe and coffee shop also affords gallery space for local artists.
In the current tough economic climate, Cafe Zoma's fate appears to hinge on neighborhood response to today's announcement. "A few people have formed a small support group," declares Freiwald in the message, "but we will need many hands to keep the doors open" and prevent Sunday's brain-storming session from becoming a wake.
The announcement goes on to note that Zoma's costs have been outstripping sales revenues. To cover the deficit, Freiwald adds, she has been tapping into personal resources. "I can no longer do that," she writes, citing the risk that she might lose her home.
Those interested in attending the meeting, scheduled for 10 a.m. on Sunday, December 28, are encouraged to bring a snack to pass. Freiwald will brew up Zoma coffee to help keep the ideas percolating. She also invites suggestions and offers to help via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.