The butcher paper announcing a new business at the former E-22 Cafe space was first spotted by residents back in June. Proprietor Erik Hansen has spent the past sixth months building out the corner space at Hollis & Powell that has sat vacant for the previous two years. “Moomie’s Cafe” will soon be offering warm empanadas, fresh salads, coffee and other baked treats to the neighborhood and workers.
Hansen, born and raised in the Bay Area, spent most of his career involved in the fashion industry. The landscape of his profession was heading in a direction he didn’t foresee being a part of and he decided now was the time to transition to something he was passionate about. “This is my own personal, independent business and I’m hoping to do something unique.”
“Moomie” is a pet name given to Erik by his husband Franco, who is originally from Peru. Hansen was exposed to Peruvian cuisine through Franco’s family who lived with them for a period. “I’ve been interested in cooking my whole life but my mother-in-law exposed me to the delicious flavors of her native country.”
After some searching in SF, Hansen came across the vacant Elevation 22 space by happenstance. “The location is great, but the drawback is the space is small. There’s no room for a short-order cook. We’ll do some baking here, but a lot of the preparation will be done at our commercial kitchen space in nearby Oakland.”
Hansen will lead off with the popular Chicken “Aji de Gallina” as well as Swiss Chard & Cheese Empanadas and slowly build out his offerings. Moomie’s menu will be mainly focused on the grab & go lunch crowd including salads, pastries from Firebrand and pour over coffee from local roasters including nearby Ubuntu on Doyle. The location will feature rotating local art displays, have outdoor patio seating, offer free wi-fi and be dog-friendly.
Moomie’s will host a soft opening on Monday, December 10th with a limited menu. They will initially be open for breakfast and lunch on weekdays and eventually expand to weekend service. “I’ve really enjoyed the reception from the neighborhood thus far!” Hansen noted.
View their menu on moomiescafe.com
Soft Opening Hours:
M-F: 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.