A second Café Passé will soon open in the lobby of the new El Rio Community Health Center Congress Clinic, 839 W. Congress St.

The café will have more of a “grab-and-go” feel to it, according to Passé owner Sabine Blaese.

It will serve the same type of cuisine offered at the original location — hot sandwiches, baked goods, coffee, smoothies, tea — but seating will be limited.

“It is not really a sit-down café,” Blaese said. “There is a little bit of counter seating and a couple of tables inside and outside but those are for general use.”

Blaese said one of the project managers behind the new health center building, across the street from Mercado San Agustin, is a longtime customer of the café.

“When he proposed the idea to me, I thought it was really sweet,” Blaese said. “He could have asked Starbucks.”

The second location should be open by mid-July.

In the meantime, plans are in the works to build a larger kitchen with an in-house bakery where the gallery space sits at the original Café Passé, 415 N. Fourth Ave.

Gerald M. Gay

Gerald M. Gay