Friday, April 12, 2024

Minority Business Highlight: Perk Up Café

Perk Up Café is a hidden gem near The Monon in Broad Ripple. It has been caffeinating Hoosiers and visitors since 2004. The cafe is owned by Jeanette Footman and Alice Matsuo, two phenomenal women with a unique philosophy on coffee.

Footman is of Black and German descent, and Alice is Japanese with many roots in São Paulo, Brazil. Their diverse backgrounds and understandings shape Perk Up Cafe’s one-of-a-kind atmosphere and menu.

Matsuo trained in Germany as an artisan baker. During this time, she creates all of the bread recipes for Perk Up Café. Typically, Footman is responsible for the delicious pastries. The café also roasts its coffee in-house. 

Perk Up Café is the only coffeehouse in Indianapolis that uses a manual, three-lever espresso machine. They also have a patio with an amazing view of the neighborhood.

Th Café is a great place to enjoy an elegant cup of Joe and a tart. The café has a friendly and alluring environment, and the staff is friendly and well-acquainted with the product. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, Perk Up Café is a great place to experience the best of Indy’s coffee scene.

“We want to (provide) quality products,” Matsuo says. “It has to come with quality service.”

Perk Up Café is located in the heart of Broad Ripple at 6536 Cornell Ave. They are open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day except Saturday (they are open until 3 p.m.) Be sure to stop buy!

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