by Forrest Sellers
Westwood will soon have a locally owned, full-service coffee shop. The Muse Cafe is expected to begin daily operation at the end of July.
Shawntee Stallworth-Schramm, who serves as president of the Westwood Civic Association, is co-owner of the establishment along with her husband, Stephen Schramm, and business partner Jeff Boley.
“There had been a call for coffee shops in the business district,” said Stallworth-Schramm, who has worked in the restaurant and bar industry for more than a decade. “It’s filling a huge void.”
However, Stallworth-Schramm is adding her own spin. “We decided to do something more dynamic and incorporate a fusion of coffee and wine,” she said.
Besides wine, the Muse Cafe will feature a rotating selection of signature cocktails, bourbon, beer and micro-brews.
It will also have a variety of items on the menu including pastries, paninis, cheeses and charcuteries.
Ironically, Stallworth-Schramm said she and her husband had been considering starting a restaurant in Kentucky a few months prior to starting work on the cafe. However, she saw the potential in opening the Muse Cafe in Westwood. It will be located at 3018 Harrison Ave.
“I’d like to see it become a hub for the community,” she said. “One thing we were looking to do was create a community gathering place.”
To help achieve this, the cafe will feature the work of local artists as well as present live music on the weekends. Performances will range from jazz and soul to classical.
It will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Updates are posted on Facebook under “Muse Cafe.”