TOPEKA (KSNT) – From now on Oleander Cafe fans will have to look across town.
27 News spoke to Oleander Cafe owner Zach Stanek about his recent decision to relocate from his old establishment at the Topeka Vendors Market on the west side of the city. For Stanek, the decision wasn’t easy.
“We had a bar area in the front lobby,” Stanek said. “I did it for about a year and a half and had a lot of fun there. I met a lot of people there.”
Stanek explained that limited hours in the market and a need for more flexibility were some of the driving forces behind his decision to relocate. However, the move also marks a shift in the café’s focus, as it is now more interested in providing food service to its customers. The Oleander Cafe will offer more pop-up dining experiences and small hangouts for its clientele, according to Stanek.
“I’d like to start with this smaller space where people can gather,” Stanek said. “I think there is a good opportunity to offer a unique experience to people. We’re working on it as we go.
Stanek said the Oleander Cafe will only provide catering services for now as construction is completed on their new location, located at 714 Southwest Gage Blvd. He said it could be ready for customers near the end of March. You can also find Stanek in different parts of town running his own food truck when the warmer weather hits.
To learn more about the Oleander Cafe and see its menu, go to Facebook or give it a call at 785-380-6785.