After 15 years the mother-daughter team of Pam Aldridge and Kristin Weygandt, owners of Café 1134, have decided to sell the business. The café’s last day in business was June 19.
The decision to sell the café was due to a number of reasons. Weygandt said she started a business selling on Amazon last year and wanted to concentrate on the new venture and her mother had planned to retire this summer, so it seemed like the right time to move on. “We will miss the staff, the many local customers - some came daily, others two to three times a week. We made good friends. It’s the locals that kept us alive through the winters and people that work in the businesses nearby with lunches and lattes kept us stay afloat,” said Weygandt.
Weygandt and her mother bought Café 1134 from Rick Chapman who first opened it. At that time Aldridge owned a smoothie shop in Point Loma and Weygandt was working on a Master’s degree. Aldridge had worked as a personnel supervisor for the Chart House and asked her daughter to go in business together. Weygandt had experience in the restaurant business having worked for the Brigantine and Chart House in Newport Beach and Dana Point. When she moved back to San Diego she worked at the Coronado golf course restaurant.
Weygandt said they found a broker for the café the week before the COVID-19 lockdown happened. Café 1134 continued to stay open only serving drinks and pastries with reduced hours until noon. “We never rehired the kitchen staff,” she said.
It didn’t take long to find buyers for the café. Jonathan and Carol Goldwasser who own Juice Crafters on Orange Avenue bought the business said Weygandt. The couple plans to do some remodeling and reopen as the Parakeet Café - which is one of three others they own in the San Diego area. “They serve similar food as us. They will be a good fit. They will do well,” said Weygandt.
The Goldwassers are originally from Mexico City where Jonathan was managing an optical business with his father and brothers and Carol was a lawyer with a multinational law firm. After their first daughter Natalie was born Carol took a break and went to cooking school. A few years later the couple’s second daughter Michelle was born with a rare disease. The couple moved to the United States to receive better care for her. The Goldwassers trusted the doctors’ advice but they felt they could do something else to help their daughter.
“We fed her healthy, natural foods like greens, fruits, legumes, mostly a plant based diet with organic, nutrient dense foods. It made a huge difference on her recovery. Since then I’ve been obsessed with healthy foods. Now I want to share it with everyone,” said Carol in an interview a few years ago.
There are three other Parakeet Cafés in the area located in Little Italy, San Diego and La Jolla and the couple plans to offer the same menu in Coronado. The menu online features a variety of sandwiches, salads, espresso drinks, Açai bowl, and Elixir lattes with superfoods. The food served at Parakeet Cafés is organic, non GMO and sustainable. “We have inclusive options for different dietary needs like vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options. Coronado has been very receptive to what we are already doing [with Juice Crafters]. We want to add something to the community” said Carol.
Since opening Juice Crafters in 2015, the couple has enjoyed the community which has been very supportive and with the café they plan to add to the food choices already available in town. The Goldwassers are not sure when the new café will open as they want to wait for the right crew to do some of the remodeling. The café will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.