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May 3, 2015

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Joe Downtown: Coffee shop owner says deal to open downtown still brewing

The rumors are true, but you’ll have to wait.

Sambalatte, a popular coffee shop in the Boca Park shopping mall, near Rampart and Charleston boulevards, is definitely going to be open somewhere downtown, owner/operator Luiz Claudio Oliveira said.

For lovers of his coffee, unfortunately, that won’t be until 2014.

Rumors have circulated for months that Oliveira wanted to open a place downtown.

In fact, Oliveira said Monday, he almost had a deal for a spot a year ago, but it fell through.

Now he’s working to open another store on the Las Vegas Strip. When that is finished, he’ll focus on downtown.

“It’s just a matter of time,” he said.

Meanwhile, a coffee spot is expected to open in the Downtown Container Park later this year.

Joe Schoenmann doesn’t just cover downtown, he lives and works there. Schoenmann is Greenspun Media Group’s embedded downtown journalist, working from an office in the Emergency Arts building.

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