There are big changes percolating in the north end coffee shop scene. Back in early March, long-time coffee entrepreneur Sam Karam decided to hand over the reins at his Macchiato by Sam (2751 Gladstone Street), but no need for jitters (caffeine-induced or otherwise), things at the cafe will stay pretty much the same.
Chebucto Coffee (6430 Chebucto Road) is undergoing a whole latte renovations and reopening the first week of May as La Piazza Resto & Cafe. New owner Albert Zhouri—who also owns Papa Mario’s (6954 Mumford Road)—has big plans for the cafe including a woodstone pizza oven, outdoor seating and a liquor license. He says they are working around the clock to finish off additional seating and the new patio before the reopening. The north end hangout will continue to serve breakfast, lunch and great coffee, along with a slice and a beer.