UPDATE: Coming this fall: Firefly Cafe and Creperie
Charell Estby has now confirmed that the name Firefly Cafe is hers to use. There was some question about the rights to the name since it may have created a conflict with another company.
Original post 6/30
The location at 4160 California Avenue s.w. most recently home to Divina has had brown paper up in the windows for some time now but this fall, if all goes according to plan, will be home to a new restaurant.
The Firefly Cafe and Creperie owned by Charell Estby will open in September or October in that location.
The name might pose a conflict with another company so that matter is being negotiated.
Estby shared some of the background about how the concept and company came to be:
"About 4 years ago I started making some pretty significant changes in my personal life and, after having worked in the corporate world for the previous 18, I had a sudden epiphany: I don't think this is what I am supposed to be doing. I became "enlightened", if you will. Hence the name: "Firefly"*.
I thought long and hard about it and realized that I am happiest when I am preparing a meal for others. It's my way of showing you how much I value our relationship. I want to serve and become "a part of" my community. My vision really started out as a simple cafe that would serve specialty coffee, teas, pastries, sandwiches, soups, etc. I would love to take credit for the idea of crepes - but I got that idea from my landlord, John Bennett.
(Editors Note: Bennett is also the owner of the Luna Park building on Avalon Way).
I have a feeling I will be eternally grateful to him! He made the suggestion, I did my research, and after several recipes and a few pounds later, I decided crepes were a pretty good idea! With a lot of help from friends and family, I'm working hard to get the shop open by end of September, early October.
(*I hope to be able to keep the name Firefly Cafe & Creperie - there is a possible conflict, decision pending.)"
You can follow their progress more directly on Facebook.