Coffee shop in Harrisburg specializing in latte art is closing

Coffee shop in Harrisburg specializing in latte art is closing

A coffee shop that opened in Harrisburg almost two years ago is closing.

On Jan. 28, owners of The Fix Cafe at 403 Walnut St. announced they will serve their final cups of coffee on Feb. 12.

“The decision to close was not an easy one. The support from our local community has been great and kept us going thru 2020,” they wrote on a Facebook post.

Lakshmi Tanniru and Liz Albayero opened the cafe in October 2020 after signing a lease in August 2019. The opening in early 2020 was derailed by the pandemic and related shutdowns.

Albayero said several factors led to the decision to close, including a lack of foot traffic due people working from home as well as rising food prices.

“This block of the downtown is driven by state employees. If they aren’t here there’s no business for us,” she said.

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The Fix Cafe was one of the first in the area to create personalized cups of coffee, not with a traditional barista, but with the help of a fairly new technology – a 3D printing latte-art machine. The stainless machines personalize cups of joe with photographs, messages and logos

Designs are drawn on foam with coffee extract “ink” dispensed by a cartridge in the machine. It can print messages, shapes and designs, and customers can share selfies on the spot to create “selfieccinos.”

Albayero said at this point they do not have plans to relocate Fix Cafe.

In their message, Tanniru and Albayero thanked city coffee businesses including Elementary Coffee, Little Amps Coffee Roasters and Good Brotha’s Book Cafe for their support as well as their customers.

Albayero said she is thankful for the experience and new friends, including local business owners, she met.

“There is a little community that really looks after each other and inspires. It’s pretty cool,” she said.

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