Epilogue: Books Chocolate Brews, an independently owned bookstore and coffee shop with a Spanish-inspired twist, is coming to 109 E. Franklin St. this summer.
Planning to open in July, the cafe will also serve as a Spanish-style chocolatería and panadería, or bakery. Their menu includes cups of chocolate and Latin street foods, like churros and pan dulce, from family recipes. Craft brews and wine will also be served.
“We’re kind of like if The Bookshop and Cocoa Cinnamon had a love child,” said co-owner Miranda Sanchez.
But in addition to the chocolate, co-owner Jaime Sanchez said Epilogue is all about community.
“That’s really what it is, it’s just about fostering community,” Miranda Sanchez said. “We as a community need to foster that type of environment, that energy that comes from being able to pause.”
By blending their passions — Jaime’s Mexican heritage and Miranda’s love for reading and writing — the inspiration for Epilogue came about.
Jaime said they put the cafe in a Spanish-style chocolatería because they were inspired by the Plaza Mayor in Madrid, Spain.
“Everybody hangs out there and on Saturday, doing the weekend thing with the family, they go eat churros and chocolate,” Jaime said. “We wanted to bring that type of community space to Chapel Hill.”
But the extra push to open the cafe came from the closing of The Bookshop on Franklin Street in 2017. Miranda is an author, and she said when The Bookshop closed, she felt that Franklin Street lost a place where people could pause during a busy day.