The new location of Café Passé in the El Rio Community Health Center Congress Clinic, at 839 W. Congress St. will cater more to diners popping in and out. In this photo, Tucson's young poetry slammers took part in The Ocotillo Poetry Slam at Café Passé, 415 N. Fourth Ave. on Thursday, June 21, 2012. 

Sabine Blaese, owner of Café Passé, 415 N. Fourth Ave, feels like she has lived on Fourth Avenue for years.

But no more.

The second location of Café Passé had its soft launch today in the lobby of the new El Rio Community Health Center Congress Clinic, 839 W. Congress St. Blaese started the morning bright and early serving coffee, smoothies and pastries from the main restaurant’s menu. The building has not opened as a clinic yet. 

The new café’s menu will offer many old favorites: bagel sandwiches, paninis, pastries, coffees, teas and smoothies. Blaese plans to serve the full menu starting Monday. It'll be open 7 a.m. to 4 or 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

“I love that area. I love the Mercado (San Agustín) and Seis Kitchen (and Catering) and Mast and Agustín (Kitchen) and Stella Java,” Blaese said of her new neighborhood. “This gives me more of an excuse to hang out at the Mercado more often.”

Contact reporter Johanna Willett at or 573-4357.

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