The cable car parked in the lot adjacent to Piazza Pellegrini isn’t a wayward piece of city transit but the new Cafe Pellegrini, due to open next week for daytime take-out service. Piazza owner Dario Hadjian said he had the old cable car replica sitting around for years and finally got around to converting it to a food stand over the last six months. Opening at 7 a.m. to sell espresso and pastries to the morning crowd, the cafe will feature a porchetta sandwich for lunch. “We’re going to do barbecues on weekends. It’s going to be really nice,” Hadjian said on the phone from the parking lot. “We’re going to add to [the menu] a little bit at a time as we go. But our specialty is going to be the porchetta paninis.” There’s still some equipment to install so there’s no firm opening date, but Hadjian told us he hopes to be be in business before the weekend of June 27. Just in time for summer.
[Photo: Via Dario Hadjian]