Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Fusion Cafe

for those dallas-based malcontents who might not see the personal benefit of hearing about a place in plano, here’s a quick throw-away: some IL-based sub-sandwich chain called Jimmy John’s has opened a buncha branches in the dallas area (by SMU, @ preston-forest, Addison, Arlington, denton); they appear to be a beefier version of Subway. And now to the real item: Fusion Café, a coffeehouse (yo to the kneejerk "indie-is-better" crowd) in downtown plano in a site vacated by another indie, Coffee Haus (whose cousin across from SMU also closed. boohoo indies etc). Fusion faces a slight liability since it’s not on the main 15th st. drag but A++ to see it open in plano’s historic old downtown blah blah (which btw, the dipshits who run plano recently hired a task force to tell them that they need fewer antique shops and more coffeehouses. DUH)

Fusion Cafe, 1545 K Ave. 469-241-9099

22 Comments:

At September 20, 2006 3:51 PM, Blogger Tom Cruise said...

I am in a good mood today, so for the next five minutes I will take your questions.

 
At September 20, 2006 3:53 PM, Blogger Kirk said...

Tom: Just past the deadline, but answer me this. You just don't get it, do you?

 
At September 20, 2006 3:53 PM, Anonymous Rebel said...

Quote from the Libertarian.
"I shouldn't denigrate the company just because it's big and successful. After all it succeeds by offering people a product they want and willingly purchase."
"Starbucks is driving independent coffee shops out of business."
Sound suspiciously like Walmart??? No, couldn't be.

 
At September 20, 2006 3:58 PM, Blogger Kirk said...

TG:

I have had the ... uh ... pleasure of spending quite a bit of time recently near the "historic" district of downtown Plano. If I may say so, I think the problems this area faces are far greater than the ratio of antique shops to cafes. For one thing, finding a place to park anywhere near the shop you want to go to is close to impossible. For another, the shopping sucks.

 
At September 20, 2006 3:58 PM, Blogger Tom Cruise said...

I'm sorry, but the question and answer period is over. Please be more prompt next time. If there is a next time.

 
At September 20, 2006 4:38 PM, Anonymous mocha latte said...

What, coffee on NYCE and it's NOT Starbucks? Will the real TG please stand up?

 
At September 20, 2006 4:39 PM, Anonymous mocha latte said...

ps. Tom is SO gay!

 
At September 20, 2006 5:41 PM, Anonymous ex-plano-ite said...

I just noticed for the first time that downtown Plano has a massage parlor. And a magic shop! It's hard to believe those places aren't attracting customers like flies.

 
At September 20, 2006 8:03 PM, Anonymous clairevoyant said...

"yo to the kneejerk "indie-is-better" crowd" ???????

hey, indie IS better

"Starbucks .....submerging its burnt espresso in heaps of milk and syrup."

 
At September 20, 2006 8:22 PM, Anonymous clairevoyant said...

Hey, Tom Cruise, I have a question... now that you've got a post partum mother on your hands, did you finally come to the realization that you might have been wrong?......

"Tom offered the olive branch after clashing over the Suddenly Susan star's use of anti-depressants following the birth of her first daughter Rowan, now three. "He came over to my house, and he gave me a heartfelt apology," "

Is Katie having her own version of baby blues that can't be treated by vitamins and excersize?

 
At September 20, 2006 10:44 PM, Anonymous soofsayer said...

clairevoyant may think she knows everything but she knows nothing n-o-t-h-i-n-g about espresso drinks, coffee, coffeehouses, or starbucks

 
At September 20, 2006 11:01 PM, Anonymous tg said...

to rebel - starbucks is not like walmart because starbucks pays its employees more than minimum wage and offers health insurance even to part-time employees. but comparing starbucks to walmart, mcdonald's, etc etc is a pretty typical comparison made by people who don't visit starbucks or know much about it.

the idea that starbucks "drives the independent coffeehouse out of business" is another statement made in ignorance. none of those independent coffeehouses that the media loves to write about in david & goliath terms even existed before starbucks came along. "independent" coffeehouses are almost always started by people who went to seattle, saw starbucks, and decided they wanted to do that, too. they didn't PRECEDE starbucks, so starbucks can't "drive out of business" something that wasn't there in the first place.

i'm all for good coffee, no matter where it comes from. but my experience is that 99% of the independent coffeehouses out there make crappy coffee, fail to clean their equipment, and don't know the first thing about regular maintenance of their machines.

 
At September 21, 2006 1:17 AM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

There are plenty of indie coffee houses thriving in the Northwest, many on the same streets as Starbucks. These indie shops don't seem to have any trouble staying in business. Incidentally, they make pretty good coffee.

The one way Sbux is like Wal-Mart is that they sell crappy music.

 
At September 21, 2006 5:01 AM, Anonymous mocha latte said...

Ah yes, it's the return of the TG!

I'm off to be the first in line at Starbucks!

 
At September 21, 2006 5:39 AM, Anonymous rebel said...

hey, I stand corrected!! I humbly bow in abject humility! Mea culpa, mea culpa , m-e-a c

 
At September 21, 2006 9:03 AM, Anonymous java the hut said...

Clairevoyant, I'm with you - I LIKE burnt espresso!

 
At September 21, 2006 1:56 PM, Anonymous tony blair said...

Rebel, you must be on a suicide mission if you dare to say something bad about Starbux!

 
At September 21, 2006 2:09 PM, Anonymous rebel said...

aaah comparing Starbucks to Walmart is a BAD thing?? So sorry . I should have known!!

 
At September 21, 2006 2:24 PM, Blogger BK said...

As a Dallas-based malcontent, may I just say, TG, that if you are going to do throw-away segues into a post, then at least get their Wiki link correct, eh!

And Segways are a BLAST!

 
At September 21, 2006 4:22 PM, Anonymous tg said...

BK i am befuddled as to that wiki link. it WAS working PERFECTLY when i posted the item yesterday, swear-to-god, it had a complete description of the chain. (very odd/fishy that it' disappeared, if you ask me.

i'd change the link to jimmy john's corporate site but that thing is a huge pain in the ass

kirk, re: downtown plano, obviously for selfish reasons, i'd like to see the neighborhood thrive. but i hear you re: sucky logistics/parking.

but buddy, you are dead wrong about the shopping. those antique shops are FILLED with fascinating gewgaws and tchotchkes. i'm sorry you're not able to spot highly valuable collectibles when you see them

 
At September 21, 2006 4:28 PM, Anonymous tg said...

BK, omg, i just saw the segway link. you rode one?!
has the new Segway store on mockingbird @ the SW corner of 75 opened yet? last night, i spotted the sign

 
At September 21, 2006 4:33 PM, Blogger BK said...

It's http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_John's

Yup... rode one for 3 hours. The tourists were taking pictures of us instead of the SF Bay! I'll hopefully get the 15 seconds of video posted tonight.

 

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