Wednesday , 27 May 2015

Té Café, Tea Joint in Squirrel Hill Closed…

Te Cafe closed... for about a week.
Te Cafe closed... for about a week.

Té Café‎ closed…But then they reopened about a week later. The cafe first opened over 5 years ago on the corner of Beacon and Murray in Squirrel Hill. Last month, a large “for lease” sign was placed in the window and it was announced that they were going to close by the end of March. Luckily, they found someone to buy the place and keep it going.

To all the people out there who don’t already know about this gem, you have to check it out – even if you’re not a tea drinker. In addition to their over 100 varieties of loose leaf tea, Té also offers smoothies, salads, wraps, biscotti, tea accessories, and the oh-so-awesome lavender lemonade – a summer essential. Most people don’t know it, but they actually serve coffee too. The coffee, supplied by La Prima in the Strip, is pretty much as fresh as it gets since it’s hand-dripped when you order it. The green tea lattes are the real deal too, not that overpriced syrupy stuff from SBUX.

Why were they about to be closed for good? Were the first owners too busy to run the ship effectively? Rumor has it they are local professionals and the cafe was just a side gig. Even with 10 other coffee shop/cafes in the area, there’s really no good reason for this place to close. Perfect location, quality products, knowledgeable staff, chilled-out atmosphere, the list goes on. Maybe they should serve coffee? Oh, wait, they do serve coffee – just no one knows about it. Sure, it’s a tea shop, but maybe people are intimidated by that. Coffee is easy, you can get it at the freaking gas station while you fill up your tank. Tea on the other hand is slightly more complicated and requires some general knowledge so you can at least know what to order.

Our take? Té Café‎ is competing with the countless other coffee shops in Squirrel Hill… so why do they open later and close earlier than those other places? And it would be nice to see some better outside seating than those old picnic benches. Other than that, this place is great, you must go!

Are you happy to see Té Café is still open? Review it here.

Té Café is back
Té is back
Nothing has changed under the new ownership...yet
Nothing has changed under the new ownership...yet
Post your flyers at Té Café - one of the most active bulletin boards around
Post your flyers at Té Café - one of the most active bulletin boards around

Where is this place?
Té Café (map)
2000 Murray Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
(412) 422-8888

What are their hours?
Monday – Thursday: 9am – 10pm
Friday: 9am – 11pm
Saturday: 10am – 11pm
Sunday: 11am – 10pm

How the hell do you say the name?
Pronounce it like tay, not tee.

Té Café

2000 Murray Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
(412) 422-8888

  • Julia C.

    I like this place a lot. I used to study there with my friends when I was in college. There are so many coffee shops in squirrel hill, and it’s nice to have a tea place.

  • Terry

    As one of the two former owners, I can assure you that Te Cafe was never a side gig for either of us. We put everything we had into creating and operating the shop right up until we sold it. In the early years we were at the shop over 100 hours/week. However, it is true that we both decided to pursue more demanding opportunities in our professional careers and found it increasingly difficult to give Te the time and attention it needs and deserves. We were very sad to sell our lovely cafe, but we were gratified that many people understood what we had created and wanted to see it continue. We want to thank our wonderful customers and staff for five amazing years and wish the new owner continued success. As for coffee, the more coffee there is in Squirrel Hill, the more Te is defined as “tea”. Besides, how can you beat a hand-dripped cup of La Prima?

    • admin

      Thanks for the comment Terry! Good luck in pursuing your other opportunities. We’re really happy to see that Te stayed open – it’s definitely an asset to Pittsburgh and offers something special and unboring :) (everyone knows the lavender lemonade rocks!)

  • T.K.

    My friends and I found te by chance. Its a great place and has a slightly funky vibe in a slightly small space but the people where nice and very informed about the teas and other things they offer.Were planning our nest trip:)

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