Clockworks Cafe & Cultural Center C4 Opening Night
Last day for Clockworks Cafe, December 21, 2012
Tonight was opening night at the Clockworks Cafe & Cultural Center at 241 Commercial Street NE, between Chemeketa & Court). General Manager Melanie Mahoney and Programming Directors Carlee Wright and Ryan Rogers have done a marvelous job of transforming this space into an eclectic and hip gathering spot for those who want to invest in Salem's cultural revitalization.
I was given a number to place on my table, and enjoyed some people watching and snapped a few pictures of the various parts of the spacious room while waiting for my food.
The soup came first, and was a bigger portion than I'd expected for just a cup. It was tangy and spicy and had enough body to handle both well. Small flecks of basil could be seen in each spoonful, along with just enough tomato pieces to make the texture interesting. On the side were some grilled and seasoned wedges of what seemed to be some sort of seed-grain flatbread which complemented the soup well. The waitress apologized for not knowing which store the soup came from and told me "We tried so many to find the one we liked best"
I munched and continued people-watching as a couple local artists entertained the crowd.
I look forward to coming back to sample some of the Stumptown coffee sometime soon!