The Coronet Serves Old World Culinary Delights in a Comfy Classic Setting

March 21, 2014

A beautifully retro sign graces the outside of The Coronet, and is quite consistent with the location's decor.

A beautifully retro sign graces the outside of The Coronet, and is quite consistent with the location’s decor.

by James J. Jefferies

If there is one thing that so many of the hard-working entrepreneurs bringing their dreams to fruition Downtown have in common, it would be a tremendous respect for our shared past. Any kind of objective look at the rich history of the Old Pueblo, and Downtown in particular, requires taking a relatively long jump back.

In the case of The Coronet, a brand-new cafe and eatery opening up at the corner of 9th Street and 4th Avenue directly across from The Shanty, it takes an even greater leap, predating the Great Depression. The Coronet shares that corner with the historic Coronado Hotel.

A glass bowl of Yoo-Hoo Dandy punch graces the bar, the back of which is adorned with fantastic woodwork and stained glass accents. Perfect for unwinding after watching our Cardiac Cats.

A glass bowl of Yo Ho Dandy punch graces the bar, the back of which is adorned with fantastic woodwork and stained glass accents. Perfect for unwinding after watching our Cardiac Cats.

“The original Coronado Hotel opened up in 1928,” said Gregor Kretschmann, who has been hard at work on this project along with partner Sally Kane for more than 17 months. The Coronado Hotel remained in business up until 1974, and eight years later, was put on the National Register of Historic Places. “There originally was a pretty bare-bones cafe here, and old blueprint shows a bar much like this one,” said Kretschmann, as he points to the newly-installed bar, which still bears an old-school look, especially with the massive steel espresso machine.

This is reflective of their entire motif, as The Coronet very much exudes that early-20th century ambiance, with a stained glass window and accents, hanging lamps, a rod-iron fence and fixtures, and a very retro menu board behind the cash register which appears to be painted onto a black board. There’s also a very 1930s pattern to the linoleum floor, and coupled with the wooden seats on the spacious patio, the entire location really has a specific charm that must be experienced firsthand.

The front patio area exhibits the same retro charm of the interior.

The front patio area exhibits the same classic charm as the interior.

This weekend offers visitors to the 4th Avenue Street Fair a chance to experience a taste of The Coronet, as they will be opening and offering a limited menu, open through the weekend from 10am-5pm, just to light the fires and kick the tires for their official debut, which should occur within the first week of April.

They will be serving some excellent Old World rustic fare, such as their Saucisson en Brioche (a Swedish sausage wrapped in brioche with an herb aioli), Ratatouille Tartine (Provençal vegetables with a balsamic reduction over a white bean mash), and a Mini-Vegetable Board (beet and minted chévre terrine, Evren’s walnut-feta pate, and giardinera). The prices for the ‘Street Fare’ menu are quite reasonable, though, hovering between $5-11.

They also will have a full spate of coffee beverages and tea, a couple of different brews on tap, and their Yo Ho Dandy Punch, which sounds like a perfect way to cool out on a warm spring day at the Street Fair. When the enormous crowds at the Street Fair begin to be too much to deal with, you’d be hard-pressed to find a nicer spot to unwind from all the excitement. Find The Coronet on Facebook here.

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