Cafe Ynez, a new Mexican cafe, opened at 2025 Washington Ave. last week with a variety of Mexican dishes and coffee drinks that are scarce along the avenue.
The restaurant takes over the space that was Cafe L’Aube in the NextFab Studio maker space. Owners Jill Weber and Evan Malone also own Jet Wine Bar and Rex 1516 on South Street West.
Cafe Ynez seats 28 people, and is the only place on the avenue that offers specialty drinks and brunch. “There is a need for an eatery in the area,” said Qamara Edwards, general manager of Cafe Ynez. “We offer fresh, fast, healthy food.”
“We’re at the heart of Washington Avenue,” Edwards said. “We’re a BYO and have fresh mixers for drinks. We’re the only place with eat in/take out.”
The menu keeps it simple, with a modest selection of soups, salads, sandwiches and burritos. There’s also a pretty good deal with a rotisserie chicken available for eat in or take out: a half chicken with 2 sides for $10 or a whole chicken with three sides for $15.
The brunch menu is also offered all week until 3 p.m.
– Ruthann Alexander, @RuthannAlexande