Achilles Art Cafe Opening New Location in Veranda Park

The coffee shop and art cafe is expanding in the Metrowest area.
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Wilshire coffee shop, Achilles Art Cafe, which prides itself on its “eclectic & cozy european vibes” has been serving coffee, food, and art to the Metrowest community since 2008 with its location on 2869 Wilshire Dr.

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Now, the coffee shop and cafe is opening its second location on 2295 S Hiawassee Rd, across from the MetroWest Golf Club in Veranda Park.

This expansion comes with a transfer of owners, as owner Achilles “Ash” Popal leaves his first location in the care of new owner, Jem, who, frequented the cafe as a customer for over 10 years before taking over the Wilshire location.

In fact, Jem ended up taking over the cafe after a conversation they had one day where Jem told Ash, “Did you know because of this place… you birthed this dream of mine to have my very own coffee shop?” to which Ash replied, “Well, just buy this one!”

When WNO talked with Jem, she told us that Ash will be operating the new location in Veranda Park, and that the space will be very similar to what the Art Cafe’s customers are used to, but with more events planned, such as open mics and wine tastings.

Zeynep Özakat

Zeynep Özakat

Zeynep Özakat is a freelance writer, editor, and teacher. She holds an MFA degree in Creative Writing from Syracuse University, where she received The Shirley Jackson Prize in Fiction, The Leonard Brown Prize in Poetry, and a Graduate Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Work. Her writing has been published in Glimmer Train Stories, Black Warrior Review, and Gulf Coast. Zeynep is originally from Istanbul, Turkey, but now lives in Brooklyn, New York. You can find out more here.

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