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Coffee Cat: What's In a Name?

By Travis Mamone

The Coffee Cat in EastonThe Coffee Cat in EastonMany of you have noticed several changes with Coffee East coffee shop in Easton, MD, especially their name. Is it Coffee East, Coffee Cat, Night Cat, or what? And will anything else change? Hopefully this will clear things up.

Coffee Cat is the café portion, where you can order lattes, sandwiches (try the chicken Panini with goat cheese!), and pastries. Night Cat is where you can see live shows every weekend from a variety of artists. It’s the same building, of course.

But why change the name? As you may or may not know, the coffee shop is now under new management. The same people who now own Coffee Cat also own Hair o’ the Dog Wine and Spirits. So to keep with the pet theme, Coffee East

is now Coffee Cat.

But don’t worry, it’s still the same beloved coffee shop we all know and love. In fact, according to Mark Mangold, who is in charge of booking shows for Night Cat, “Everything Coffee East did, Coffee Cat is doing better now.” During the day, you can surf the web using Coffee Cat’s free Wi-Fi Internet service while drinking coffee, eating a sandwich, or chitchatting with old friends. At night you can order beer or wine and catch a wide variety of artists—from punk rocker Michael Graves to singer/songwriter Ruut to folk singer Sara Lee Guthrie—perform live.

“We’re going to continue to build what we’ve been doing,” Mangold says. “We spent last year finding out what people like. This year, you’re going to see a wide range of musical genres, with more and better musicians.”

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