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Enlighten Decor Shop Adds a Cafe

Customers will soon be sipping on beer and wine inside the Asian decor shop on Ballard Ave.

May 3, 2010

Good news for Ballardites still mourning shuttered neighborhood gathering spot Chai House:

Struggling to keep their business alive in a tough retail climate, Kalan Intawong and Chris Wilcynski, married owners of Enlighten home decor store at 5424 Ballard Ave NW, have decided to devote an area of their store to a new cafe that will serve beer, wine, and light foods. (Soups, salads, and yet-to-be-specified “Asian desserts,” according to Wilcynski.)

The cafe will offer coffee and light breakfast foods in the mornings beginning at around 8am, and will stay open on weekends until 10 or 11pm, with shorter hours on weekdays.

The couple also owns nearby Root Table, a neighborhood favorite for its generous happy hour. Wilcynski says the cafe will double as a banquet room for Root Table as needed.

Expect it to be up and running within the month.

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