Pine Street Cafe in Northampton is a little slice of home

  • A Mexican Benedict, with avocado and sweet potatoes, at Pine Street Cafe. gazette staff/kevin gutting

  • Blueberry muffins, foreground, and chocolate chip muffins in the case at Pine Street Cafe in Florence on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. gazette staff/kevin gutting

  • Top, Pine Street Cafe in Florence, located at 176 Pine St. Below, a Mexican Benedict, with avocado and sweet potatoes. gazette staff/kevin gutting

  • Pine Street Cafe co-owner Kim Allen and son, Riley, six weeks old, at the Florence eatery on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Kim and Pete Allen opened the cafe in January of this year. gazette staff/kevin gutting

  • Pine Street Cafe owners Kim and Pete Allen and their son, Riley, six weeks old, at the Florence eatery. The Allens opened the cafe in January of this year. gazette staff/kevin gutting

  • A Mexican Benedict, with avocado and sweet potatoes, at Pine Street Cafe. gazette staff/kevin gutting

For the Gazette
Published: 4/16/2017 5:49:00 PM

By Morgan Hughes

FLORENCE — Under new ownership, the Pine Street Cafe is back and ready to diversify dining options in the village of Florence.

The cafe, located at 176 Pine St., reopened under the stewardship of Kim and Pete Allen of Chicopee in January.

Pete Allen is a graduate of the prestiged culinary school, Le Cordon Bleu in Boston. Kim Allen has extensive experience in restaurant front-end operations. They each bring over two decades of experience to their cafe.

Most recently, the Allen’s ran SIP Cafe and Coffee Bar in downtown Northampton. With them, they brought the popular Counter Culture Coffee, quality food and friendly service.

The newly renovated dining room has the small cafe feel, but is bright, airy and cheerful. With an all-new menu featuring daily breakfast and lunch and Friday dinners, the cafe melds comfort food with high quality ingredients, Kim Allen said.

“We wanted to bring a neighborhood feel,” she said. “Classic food with an upscale twist.”

The menu is fresh and simple — omelets, pancakes, salads, wraps and sandwiches for brunch, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., seven days a week. They bake their own breads and pastries, and serve fresh-squeezed lemonade. They don’t serve alcohol, but do allow patrons to bring their own alcoholic beverages in.

The menu also offers an entire section of the menu for different varieties of eggs Benedict.

One of the most popular brunch items is the gluten-free “Morning Glory Pancake,” grilled with rolled oats, apples, carrots, zucchini, coconut and raisins. “You’ll never know they’re gluten-free!” the menu says.

Kim Allen pointed out a lack of restaurants that serve dinner in Florence. To fill this void, Pine Street Cafe serves dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. every Friday.

The menu changes every month to keep up with the change of ingredients that are in season. Each menu includes salads, a risotto dish, fish and vegetarian options.

The menu, Pete Allen said, is a result of his culinary experience and his own taste buds.

“It’s a combination of the past restaurants I’ve worked at and the food I like to make at home,” he said.

Currently, the menu features dishes like crab cakes, coconut curry risotto and Carolina smoked meatloaf. On Cinco de Mayo, May 5, Pete Allen said that they are planning on serving some variation of tacos.

The menu includes a handful of gluten-free options. Kim Allen added that they are always willing to accommodate special dietary restrictions.

The cafe also sources a number of its ingredients from local businesses — tortillas from Mi Tierra in Hadley, milk from Mapeline Farm in Hadley, meat from Arnold’s Meats with locations throughout Hampden County and ice cream from Herrell’s in Northampton. This is part of their “neighborhood feel” mantra.

“We want everyone to feel welcome, at home and happy,” she said. “I think what draws people in is what we create and that we genuinely like to be here.”

With the new space, Pine Street Cafe now has ample parking, space for an outdoor patio and the potential to grow.

The ambitious pair is looking towards adding a breakfast bar, expanding their catering menu, adding an express menu for pickup in less than 15 minutes and possibly a food truck.




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