"I was walking down the street tonight and saw your cafe. It was already closed. I stopped dead. I couldn't believe it. Your cafe looked just like the place I'd spent many a night while I was a law student at the U [of Minnesota] in the late 90s in Minneapolis. I started jumping up and down and telling my husband about the hours I'd spent listening to music, smoking ( indoors! ), and drinking red wine at a place that felt like a lush architectural ruin. Then I went to your website when I got home only to find out it was the SAME Loring! That is so amazing. Some of the best memories of my young adult life were there. I'll be by for a drink soon."

-Sarah O., Oakland. CA

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Loring Design

“The industrial arts staging is a Loring signature style, invoking the comfort, history, and romance of the European cafe scene with a twist of surrealism. Jason designed the bells and whistles, built out of nuts and bolts with the help of the trusty carpenters, brick masons, and steel workers of the Loring Design/Build Guild, each with their own distinctive mark. The enchanting handiwork and the warmth of longstanding friendships are at the heart of the Loring. Imagination, friendship, home cooking.” – Abby McLean

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Loring Ambiance

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Loring Food

“When people ask what kind of cooking we serve, I say, “American, like at home.” My husband, Jason, calls it the “New Culinary State of the Union;” the state of great American home cooking today. It’s not high concept, but it’s not diner food. It’s American cooking that’s not afraid of vegetables or herbs and spices. It’s delicious. Affordable. You’ll find a mix of global flavors-not all in one dish, but all on one menu.” – Abby McLean

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