The gradual gentrification of 8th street has had its ups and downs. Happened to stop into what was an old flophouse for most of my life after I noticed that it too had been redone. Very nice indeed. Pleasant entrance with fireplace and a quiet place for breakfast and lunch in the back under glass. The fake greenery could use a little more sophistication, but the idea is nice. Sort of Mediterranean/Caribbean with space between the tables and a pleasant acoustic. Dinner is jumping. Excellent waitstaff that has made this my new go to place for breakfast and a lingering inexpensive lunch. Less of a scene than Balthazar, Pastis, etc, and a more interesting. healthy menu that they will fine tune for you, i.e. lots of kale, quinoa, avocado, etc. if you are so inclined. Good coffee and passable espresso. More pleasant dining spot all-around than the North Square which had been my hotel spot for guests.