Chhaya Cafe closes to prep for move 2 doors down

Varnana "V" Beuria in the window of her new Chhaya Cafe.

Varnana "V" Beuria has closed Chhaya Cafe - her coffee/bruncherie on East Passyunk - in anticipation of a move two doors west, to larger quarters at 1819 E. Passyunk Ave. (It's a double-wide, encompassing 1817 and 1819.)

Official opening will be Thursday, Aug. 21.

The move into the former Sweet Alyssa children's clothing store will double Chhaya's capacity to 60 (50 inside and 10 outside). In a game of musical storefronts, Sweet Alyssa moved across the street, to 1822 EPA.

Beuria worked with Toner Architects to mimic the previous space's intimacy. Chhaya's new space will have a 14-chair laptop station, four armchairs in the window, a sofa and a six-stool coffee bar allowing for interaction with the barista.

Beuria said she was inspired by the D.C. coffee bar/bar The Coupe.

As at her previous location, which opened in 2011 in the former Le Petite Croissant, Beuria will run menus focusing on updated classics and sweet and savory waffles.

During the week, Chhaya will serve coffee, breakfast and lunch. On Saturdays and Sundays, brunch comes out.

Hours will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Kitchen will close at 3:30 p.m. daily.