Wescafe open on Webster
For 10 years, Monica and Miguel Trejo ran a coffeehouse in Oakland’s Glenview district that they believed they would someday own. But at the last minute, a long-lost nephew of the shop’s owner appeared, and the couple learned that it was not to be.
Lucky for us.
The couple packed their bags and headed across the estuary to Alameda, and promptly fell in love with a beautiful building on Webster Street and the eclecticness of the West End, both of which Monica Trejo said deserved something special.
So Trejo and her husband personally took the space’s four dilapidated walls and built an oasis with tile floors, a hammered tin ceiling and a neat garden patio that comfortably seats 40. Their cafe opened on July 4. And just a few weeks in, Trejo’s already on a first-name basis with some of her customers (and has their usuals memorized).
Visitors are greeted by a shelf of candy-colored cupcakes and other yummy-looking baked goods and an inviting expanse of earthy pottery. In addition to coffee, drinks, fruit and pastries, the cafe’s menu includes quiches and sandwiches (and my personal favorite, soft ice cream).
Wescafe also does catering and rents its patio space out for parties. And yes, they have free Wi-Fi.
Monica Trejo said the cafe will host Friday night movies on said patio, and that she hopes to be able to have live music as well.
Wescafe is at 1536 Webster Street, and their phone number is 522-7200. Their hours are from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.