Coming Soon: Vie De France at 96 Orchard

Posted on: December 20th, 2010 at 6:08 am by

As we speak, the southern storefront at 96 Orchard Street is morphing from jeans to java.  Amoskeag XX was the former occupant here, moving into the sub-level space back in September 2008 after Cougar Italian Fashion downsized its business operation.  But the high-end denim boutique bit the dust last summer after less than two years, resulting in a months-long vacancy period.

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Then, earlier this fall, work began onsite to convert the retail establishment into a cozy cafe.  New deliveries of equipment arrived frequently, and the build-out continued without much local attention behind white pull-down shades.  And until now, there was no inkling of what the establishment was or its proper identity.  Only the remnant leafing on the glass door from Amoskeag and a pair of DOB permits.  Over the weekend, though, a sign appeared alerting FedEx delivery personnel to their presence at 96 Orchard – Vie De France.

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Vie De France is a French cafe that will offer an array of sandwiches, crepes, cheeses, and coffee.  We were told that there will be a small amount of seating for customers wishing to eat-in.  Opening date is still up in the air, but should arrive “very soon.” Look out, 88 Orchard!

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