It’s both sad and potentially good news.
There is no doubt that the Khan family who owned Cafe Silva, named for the littlest Khan, since 2011 will be missed. They recently sold the cafe, according to new owner Earnest Hargraves, who says Silva will now become Urban Coffee Cafe.
The reimagined restaurant is slated to host a grand opening March 4.
The store has always been a hidden pleasantry in our neighborhood. At the corner of Greenville and Royal, it overlooks White Rock Trail, and the neatly landscaped park and golf course alongside it. The original owners, in their six or so years here, drew locals with their carefully cultivated atmosphere — not only the view of green expanse and trees and sunshine pouring through wide glass windows but also friendly banter, knowledgable and proficient service and the aromas of coffee, teas and spices mingling with fragrant pastries or toasting paninis.
The new owner promises all of the above and to go a step further.
If there was one complaint about Silva, it would be the abbreviated hours — Hargraves says he plans to stay open late nights on weekends and sponsor special festivities and programs.
“We will be hosting a series of small events such as poetry night, singles night, comedy night and so forth. We will also launch a concept called Coffee with a Purpose. Every time you buy from us a portion of it goes to charities across the US. We believe change starts with us,” he notes.
He also plans to give away two tickets to Las Vegas at the opening festivities. You can visit the Urban Coffee Cafe Facebook page to enter and to keep up with changes and developments.