M Cafe Bar brings contemporary Italian to 14th Street

Oct 05, 2013 626

By Tom Sietsema


The smartest thing the owner of the new MCafe Bar did was wrap the restaurant's exterior in a big blue awning that commands the attention of everyone who passes it. The fabric acts like a neon sign on a street where competition for diners is fresh and fierce. "Contemporary Italian Cuisine," the letters on the facade practically scream.

On a fine fall day, the sidewalk tables are quick to fill. Cool temperatures draw customers inside, where white chandeliers, amber walls and outsize murals of celebrities — Sophia Loren is understandable, Marilyn Monroe less so — dress the 100-seat dining room. Instead of flowers, the tables sport breadsticks. Ours taste as though they've been there since August, when MCafe Bar opened.

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