True Blue Reviews


Job loss turned into his True Blue Cafe opportunity


November 12, 2009 |By Susan Gottshall, Special to The Morning Call - Freelance

It's tucked into the middle of a strip of strip malls, but the True Blue Mediterranean Cafe manages to circumvent a probability of suburban sameness.

The Emmaus establishment -- combination coffee shop, ethnic eatery, Leiby's ice creamery and hookah lounge, too -- casts an independent spirit with simple, fine fare and service that couldn't be more accommodating.

At the cafe's entrance, a wicker settee and matching armchairs stand sentinel, creating a comfortable sensibility.

Free Wi-Fi and a table topped with a checkerboard design provide diversion enough to while away any afternoon.

Ziad Hariry, who came from Damascus, Syria, added Mediterranean fare to the menu when he bought the coffee shop two months ago. It was a venture he considered during his 19-year career with Circuit City, and a dream acted on after losing his job in the retailer's liquidation.


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