Andrea Gartner has a lot of passions, and many of them are embodied in her new restaurant, Pour Me Coffee and Wine Café, which opened this month at 274 Main St.
She loves supporting local small businesses, so she used greater Danbury architects, designers and builders, as well as offering kombucha, coffee and pen (meat) pies from local artisans. She loves history, so, with the help of Danbury Museum & Historical Society, she replicated on a wall an old billboard reading “Danbury Crowns Them All” that greeted rail travelers during the height of the hat industry.
She loves diversity and that is reflected on the “welcome wall” that translates “welcome” into 64 languages, including all of the languages spoken by students at Danbury public schools.
She loves her mother, who died last year from cancer, and the décor at Pour Me includes three copper teapots that used to belong to her mom. The “hyper blue” ceiling is a nod to her father, who was color blind, and painted their house a color “that no one could miss,” she said.
She has a passion for motherhood and vows to the make the restrooms at Pour Me “the best place in the city to change a baby.”
And she loves downtown Danbury and she hopes Pour Me becomes an integral part of the revitalization of Danbury’s city center.
“Because of my roots growing up here and being the first generation born in the U.S., downtown is very important to me,” said Gartner, the former director of CityCenter Danbury. “I grew up in Danbury before the mall was built and downtown was where commerce happened. It became my community.
“A vibrant urban core is vital to the community,” she added. “People in position of influence don’t always realize the value of a vibrant downtown. It’s about diversity, arts, culture, alternative lifestyles, exchanging ideas. It’s a trend of where people are going.”
Pour Me is part of another trend happening in downtown Danbury, which will soon feature three new coffee shops. Mothership Bakery opened late last year, Pour Me opened this month and Barristers Coffee House will open soon at the corner of Main and West streets.
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