The lovin’ cup is among the first shops to open
at Park point. The café is privately owned by
two enthusiastic young entrepreneurs and is
operated by some local and student employees.
The sprightly Leslie Zinck and youthful Erik
Ward were gracious owners as they interpreted
their modern bistro design. “It’s about embracing
more than one thing and about keeping the vibe
going so people don’t get stuck with a lack of
variety,” said Zinck.
The bistro offers a tame but playful atmosphere
amplified by a resounding music motif. Daily
menus are given names like Wrap her up, It’s a
Beautiful Morning, and Stir it Up. Similarly, there
is a full menu with items like Rage against the
green, All-ap-olive-gies, and Karmal Police. The
menu offers full courses as well as quickie
snacks. Wraps, burgers, and stuffed artichokes
are just a few of the soon-to-be favorites. Drinks
range from an assortment of wines, beers, and
coffee to smoothies and tea.
The café itself has a brilliant uniqueness. There
is a labyrinth of mood lighting illuminating the
many seating options from booths, high tables,
and lounges to bar stools at the counter. The
music motif continues with the offset stage
where “there will be live performances from
local and out of town bands, comedy [acts],
and open mic nights, as well as a showcase for
amateur films,” as Zinck informed me.
The walls, though displaying artwork, are a
rich chartreuse which blends well with the
deep mahogany of the chairs and metal-worked
tables. lovin’ cup is very much influenced by
creative work featuring tables that are almost
sculptures in and of themselves, with metal
work done by Ward’s younger brother. People
from around the area are welcome to display
and even try to sell their artwork as well.
lovin’ cup definitely gets two thumbs up for the
performance stage, uniqueness of decoration,
and robust beer and wine list. Definitely check
it out for yourself. Try the Wrapper’s Delight, a
turkey club, and the Stone cold and crazy, an iced
cappuccino; it won’t disappoint.
lovin’ cup is open Monday through Thursday 6:30
a.m. to midnight, Friday 6:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. on
Saturday, Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. on Sunday,
and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to midnight.
Originally published as part of Park Point in Reporter's 09.05.2008 issue.