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Two Popular Phoenix Cafes Now Open on Mondays

Drown your summer sorrows in sugar at Essence Bakery Cafe., now open every day.
Drown your summer sorrows in sugar at Essence Bakery Cafe., now open every day. Jacob Tyler Dunn
In an interesting summer move, some Phoenix shops are increasing their hours, rather than reducing them. This week alone saw two popular cafes up their business hours.

Our critic described the Grand Avenue neighborhood Mexican coffee shop Tres Leches Cafe as "a coffee universe where your favorite Mexican and Latin American sweet treats — we're talking churros, dulce de leche, and tres leches cake — have been ingeniously blended into your morning latte." The shop announced earlier in the week that it will now be open on Mondays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will offer a dollar off all drinks during a new 2 to 6 p.m. happy hour.

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Drown your summer sorrows in sugar at Essence Bakery Cafe., now open every day.
Jacob Tyler Dunn

Arcadia is home to the offshoot of the original Tempe Essence Bakery. The Tempe location closed last month, but the Arcadia spot is going strong — with a bakery that's well-known for its authentic French croissants and other pastries, baked fresh every morning by chef Eugenia Theodosopoulos to the traditional French standards she was taught by her mentor, master baker Jean-Louis Clément. Despite the labor-intensive product she is putting out, Theodosopoulos has also opted to extend her hours, announcing that the shop will now be open from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., seven days a week.



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Felicia Campbell has written about food, culture, and cars for digital and print publications all over the world and is the author of The Food of Oman: Recipes and Stories from the Gateway to Arabia (Andrews McMeel, 2015). Her husband learned quickly that she’d rather get a bag of avocados than a bouquet of roses.