Can Can owners expand downtown with new cafe in Library of Virginia

John and Paul Kincaid are the owners of the Can Can Brasserie. (BizSense file photo)

A year after taking the reins, the new owners of Carytown’s Can Can Brasserie are opening a downtown spinoff.

Paul and John Kincaid are preparing to open Can Can Cafe within the Library of Virginia at 800 E. Broad St.

It will fill a cafe space in the library’s atrium that’s been vacant since early 2020.

Paul Kincaid said they heard about the opportunity to take it over from a friend and jumped on it.

“It seemed perfect. We’d been talking about how we could bring back coffee service,” he said, referencing that they haven’t served breakfast or coffee at Can Can since the early pandemic lockdowns.

With the new cafe, Kincaid said they’re looking to go after the downtown business crowd.

“Bringing that same (coffee) service in a gorgeous space with great Wi-Fi is kind of our offering to that business community,” he said.

Can Can Cafe’s menu will be heavy on hot and cold sandwiches, soups and salads. The Kincaids said the space isn’t outfitted with a hood so they will only be able to bring a few of the most popular Can Can lunch items, and that they’ll have a few sandwiches exclusively at the cafe.

Can Can Cafe will be based out of the Library of Virginia’s atrium downtown. (Mike Platania photo)

John Kincaid, who’s Can Can’s chef as well as co-owner, said he and Can Can’s pastry chefs are working on more French-style pastries to bring to the cafe.

“We’ll have small little bites that aren’t expensive but you can indulge in, like chocolate marquise which is basically like a Three Musketeers bar. It’s delicious,” he said. “Plus macarons, éclairs – all sorts of things like that.”

About 42 seats are available for Can Can Cafe in the Library’s atrium, plus a few more tables on an outside patio facing North Ninth Street.

Paul said they’re planning to open on Sept. 19.

The brothers, who bought Can Can from its original owners last summer, will continue to operate in Carytown as usual while launching the new venture.

Back in Carytown, the Kincaids said they’re considering trying to bring back coffee service to Can Can Brasserie. However, they’re first going to try to add Mondays and Tuesdays back to their days of operation.

“We’ll get there. But just like everything we’ve done since things shut down, we’re staying calculated and not overextending ourselves,” John said.

John and Paul Kincaid are the owners of the Can Can Brasserie. (BizSense file photo)

A year after taking the reins, the new owners of Carytown’s Can Can Brasserie are opening a downtown spinoff.

Paul and John Kincaid are preparing to open Can Can Cafe within the Library of Virginia at 800 E. Broad St.

It will fill a cafe space in the library’s atrium that’s been vacant since early 2020.

Paul Kincaid said they heard about the opportunity to take it over from a friend and jumped on it.

“It seemed perfect. We’d been talking about how we could bring back coffee service,” he said, referencing that they haven’t served breakfast or coffee at Can Can since the early pandemic lockdowns.

With the new cafe, Kincaid said they’re looking to go after the downtown business crowd.

“Bringing that same (coffee) service in a gorgeous space with great Wi-Fi is kind of our offering to that business community,” he said.

Can Can Cafe’s menu will be heavy on hot and cold sandwiches, soups and salads. The Kincaids said the space isn’t outfitted with a hood so they will only be able to bring a few of the most popular Can Can lunch items, and that they’ll have a few sandwiches exclusively at the cafe.

Can Can Cafe will be based out of the Library of Virginia’s atrium downtown. (Mike Platania photo)

John Kincaid, who’s Can Can’s chef as well as co-owner, said he and Can Can’s pastry chefs are working on more French-style pastries to bring to the cafe.

“We’ll have small little bites that aren’t expensive but you can indulge in, like chocolate marquise which is basically like a Three Musketeers bar. It’s delicious,” he said. “Plus macarons, éclairs – all sorts of things like that.”

About 42 seats are available for Can Can Cafe in the Library’s atrium, plus a few more tables on an outside patio facing North Ninth Street.

Paul said they’re planning to open on Sept. 19.

The brothers, who bought Can Can from its original owners last summer, will continue to operate in Carytown as usual while launching the new venture.

Back in Carytown, the Kincaids said they’re considering trying to bring back coffee service to Can Can Brasserie. However, they’re first going to try to add Mondays and Tuesdays back to their days of operation.

“We’ll get there. But just like everything we’ve done since things shut down, we’re staying calculated and not overextending ourselves,” John said.

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Don O'Keefe
Don O'Keefe
1 month ago

Great! Glad they will be filling the space. Look forward to eating there when at the library.