Coffee shop Caffe Tazza closes

Published on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 16:53 - Written by Casey Murphy cmurphy@tylerpaper.com

After owning Caffe Tazza for more than a year, Ren and Becky Kuykendall made the decision this week to close the restaurant.

The couple bought the business in November 2012 and closed it Tuesday morning after contemplating the decision for some time, Kuykendall said.

“We set out to provide a safe place for kids to work, a Christian environment and the best cup of coffee in town,” Mrs. Kuykendall said. “I believe we succeeded in that.”

She said small businesses are hard in general and after trying for a year and a half, they just couldn’t make it work. “We feel like it was time,” she added.

Mrs. Kuykendall said they are thankful to their customers for their loyalty. “We hope to see them soon,” she said.

The couple bought Caffe Tazza from Jane and Todd Keller, who opened the coffee shop and restaurant in the La Piazza shopping center shortly after it was completed in 2007 on Old Bullard Road.

Caffe Tazza not only offered coffee, pastries and other breakfast items, but served lunch and dinner and weekend brunches and hosted many events, including live music and art shows.

Caffe Tazza, located at 4815 Old Bullard Road, posted its latest message on Facebook Monday, giving no indication of closing. Nothing says ‘Good Morning Monday!’ better than one of our homemade cinnamon rolls and freshly brewed coffee,” it stated. By Wednesday afternoon, they had posted a farewell message to their customers.

As for their plans for the future?

“We have something in the works,” Mrs. Kuykendall said.