Photo by Kevin Korinek Jen Kaslow recently purchased Meshuggah Cafe
Patrick Liberto, who has owned Meshuggah Cafe since 1997, has sold the Delmar Loop mainstay and is moving back to his home state of Louisiana.
But the Loop's loss is a gain for one regular customer: A school teacher named Jen Kaslow decided to purchase the business on a whim. She'll take the reigns on July 17.
Kaslow had been patronizing Meshuggah Cafe (6269 Delmar Blvd., 314-726-5662) with her family for nearly fifteen years, going back to its original location on Melville Avenue. Last month, when Liberto happened to mention that he was selling the business, Kaslow's mind started spinning with the possibilities.
"Normally, I would've asked if everything was OK," she says. "Instead, I had this out-of-body experience and I asked what he was doing with Meshuggah's. He told me he was selling it and I said right there, 'I want to buy it.' And that was it.
"I had no plans to quit my job," she admits. "It wasn't about coffee and I never had a fantasy about being a cafe owner."More »