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Turbo Espresso Bar Expanding with Devonshire Mall Location
Turbo Espresso Bar, in the heart of beautiful Downtown Windsor, has announced that their wonderful assortments of hand-crafted coffee, delicious paninis and fresh Italian gelato will soon be available for Devonshire Mall shoppers to enjoy.
With this new expanded location, Turbo Espresso Bar Devonshire Mall will be the first new LCBO licensee in the main artery of the mall to offer alcoholic beverages and local wine, beer and spirits in over 20 years. Turbo Espresso Bar in Devonshire Mall can provide these offerings thanks to the cooperation of the City of Windsor and the relentless work of Valerie Dawn, Principal Architect at Glos Arch + Eng.
“Many times it feels like business owners, consulting professionals and municipalities are reading regulations through a different lens. When Renaldo approached me to assist him in navigating approvals for his business, it was clear that the municipality had historically taken a clear stance on classifying licensed establishments of any size that would prohibit his vision from moving forward (not explicitly, but in practical application)” said Dawn.
Turbo Espresso Bar was able to obtain a liquor license using shared restrooms and without a formal exterior exit – both items that traditionally made applying for license challenging.
Dawn further explains “This is why no one else has done it — licensing a small space in a shared environment was rendered impossible by costly and impractical architectural upgrades. As a professional who is new to this region, I was able to bring in some perspective from other municipalities, and I was happy to find that the City of Windsor’s building department was filled with bright, good-natured, critically-minded individuals who were open to dialogue”.
Together, they came to a solution that satisfies the requirements and intent of the Ontario Building Code, while also relaxing existing restrictions for café spaces under 30 seats. “In an industry riddled with red tape, I’m always delighted and encouraged to be a part of this kind of case-by-case problem solving to support local businesses in our city,” said Dawn.
“When we were first told that this was impossible, that’s what really piqued my interest” said Renaldo Agostino, Owner of Turbo Espresso Bar. “People who know me understand that I love a good challenge. I like to make positive things happen! This is a game changer for small businesses like ours and it couldn’t have happened without Valerie Dawn and the amazing staff at The City of Windsor”.
“Starting a new business venture is challenging at the best of times. Starting and expanding a new business in the middle of a global pandemic is even more daunting. Congratulations to the Turbo team on their expansion to Devonshire Mall and for your commitment to downtown Windsor” said Drew Dilkens, Mayor of the City of Windsor.
“Devonshire Mall is excited to welcome Turbo Espresso Bar to the centre’s strong retail mix and are happy to support local retail” said Chris Savard, Associate Director of Cushman & Wakefield, the management company for Devonshire Mall.
Turbo Espresso Bar Devonshire Mall and will seat up to 30 patrons, designed by NXT Level’s Ramy Yacoub the café will have a comfortable lounge feel. Turbo Devonshire Mall is also working towards offering local wine, beer and spirits ‘to-go’. Shoppers will be able to take home a bottle of wine from North 42 or a six-pack of beer from Walkerville Brewery and other local participating merchants as well.
Turbo Espresso Bar at Devonshire Mall will be open by the end of July, and be open seven days a week. The Downtown location is open six days a week with indoor dining available starting this weekend.
Turbo Espresso Bar is a fresh take on Windsor’s cafe and entertainment scene. Housed in a century old Neoclassical building and now in Devonshire Mall, Turbo Espresso Bar is the perfect morning stop for coffee and espresso or a great place for an evening cocktail or gelato treat. Turbo serves the best genuine Italian coffee and gelato crafted locally by Enzo from Gennaro’s.