When Heather Haupman took over La Crema Cafeteria, a bare-bones coffee shop on 44th and Zuni, she was convinced the Sunnyside neighborhood needed a more upscale coffee and breakfast joint. So she remodeled the space, gave it a sunnier feel, and created Hash, which, in addition to Novo coffee and a slew of morning meal options, also serves scratch-baked pastries and fresh juices.
Her grand opening this weekend proved her instinct was right: "We had a line out the door," she says. "People were really looking for something like this."
Haupman isn't a stranger to the coffee-shop business. She had a cafe on 32nd and Lowell fourteen years ago. When she closed that down, she went into catering, and her Arvada-based company, Citrus Catering, has cooked for A-listers: Her catering truck is currently serving a movie set in California, and when it returns, she'll be cooking for Sheryl Crow.
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She'll continue to run that operation while she builds Hash, where she says she'd like to eventually add a garden and composting, educating the neighborhood on sustainability in the process. She might add lunch at that point, too.
For now, though, she's doing a breakfast menu that includes breakfast tacos, macadamia nut French toast, crepes and four different kinds of hash, as well as a pastry case filled with croissants, eclairs and cinnamon rolls.
Hash is open Tuesday through Sunday from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.