The new spot that replaces Freda’s Kitchen has been operating this week, though the hours have been sporadic as co-owners Mike Sproge and Tim Hofmann put the finishing touches on their new cafe. But starting tomorrow (Dec. 11), The Falls will start its official hours from 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.
I stopped by The Falls today for a latte ($3) and had a chance to look around. The space has a more comfortable feel than Freda’s. There are soft black couches and brighter-than-white tables and cushioned chairs that add a sophisticated flair. The L-shaped bar with cushioned black stools looks like a place to linger, too.
Mike is looking forward to extending the closing time on weekends if demand merits. "We hope folks will hang out longer, and as people do, we’ll expand the hours," he said.
The menu and prices are being finalized today, so I hope to have more details later. But you can expect espresso drinks, scones, egg combos, pancakes, and sandwiches like a rustic Italian cold cut and a warm grilled chicken with mozzarella, tomato, and pesto. There’s a full bar and a chef (Ian Hommel) in place, who will begin preparing dinner entrées on Saturday (Dec. 12).
Ian is a transplant and formerly worked at the Inn at Shelburne Farms in Vermont, known for its dedication to local products and seasonal fare. He will bring the same inspiration to the food at The Falls, Mike said.
The Falls website is under construction. Its address is 1604 Kelly Ave. Phone is 410-367-7840.