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The place is still a coffee shop, with food items -- and the crumpets formerly sold there are still on the menu

RITA A. LEONARD - In front of the new Lukas CafÉ in Westmoreland, here are its manager, Juan Hernandez, and its owner, Laura Arias. In a recently-constructed apartment building, just south of Knapp Street and four blocks south of Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland, Lukas CafÉ opened in September. Their two-story interior space and patio dining area together seat at least 45 customers, and the indoor mezzanine area can also serve as a space for meetings.

Owner Laura Arias tells THE BEE that so far, the new cafÉ's most popular specialties are their breakfasts and empanadas. But, she says, they expect to serve sushi soon, and they have applied for a liquor license.

A prominent breakfast option is a "Build your own Scramble", which can be enhanced with cheese, mushrooms, tomato, bacon, ham or turkey. Yogurt and fruit cups are another alternative. There is also an Egg Crumpet topped with bacon, ham, or peanut butter and jelly. Toasted bagels with cream cheese, pastries, croissants, alfajores, and hot and cold drinks are also listed on the menu.

By the way, that Egg Crumpet dish reflects the fact that the new cafÉ is in the space formerly occupied by Tony Guerrero's "Scrumptious Crumpets"; Guerrero eventually decided his fortÉ was simply making crumpets – which resemble English muffins, but which many agree taste much better – and he now is devoting his efforts to making and wholesaling them to restaurants, and it appears Lukas CafÉ is an early customer.

Lukas CafÉ is situated at 7414 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, and is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. "But we hope to open soon in the evenings, too, from 5 to 10 p.m,," remarks Arias. "We'll be hiring additional servers."


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