EllaMia cafes will feature sandwiches, salads and breakfast pastries, like these filled doughnuts. (Courtesy EllaMia)
Miss your turkey-cranberry sandwich or other Specialty’s menu item? In 2021, you’re sure to find new favorites at EllaMia.
Back in May, the restaurant chain known for its breakfast and lunch crowds shuttered all 50 restaurants nationwide as a result of the pandemic. Now, C3 or Creating Culinary Communities is revitalizing 22 former Specialty’s locations — including 10 in Northern California — with the introduction of EllaMia, a shared digital kitchen platform and café concept in partnership with Italian coffee maker Lavazza.
EllaMia, which currently has cafes in Dubai and London, will feature coffee drinks alongside breakfast and lunch menus. Chef Romain Fournel, formerly of the award-winning Jean Philippe Patisserie in Las Vegas and Patisserie Henriet in Paris, crafted the EllaMia menu items, which will include breakfast pastries, gourmet sandwiches, salads, macarons and specialty chocolates.
The Bay Area and Northern California EllaMia locations — San Francisco, Sacramento, Rancho Cordova, Oakland, San Mateo, Walnut Creek, San Jose, Milpitas, Santa Clara and UC Berkeley — are expected to start opening in February. They’ll act as kitchens for C3’s seven other concepts and deliver to the surrounding community. The concept is similar to Door Dash Kitchens, which opened its first four-in-one Redwood City commissary kitchen last year.
Once C3 launches its meal delivery app, you’ll be able to get EllaMia gourmet doughnuts and lattes with items from Umami Burger, Krispy Rice, Sam’s Crispy Chicken and other ghost restaurants — all in the same order.
In a press release, Brad Reynolds, chief operating officer of C3, described the concept as “a true restaurant of the future.”
“EllaMia kitchens are each equipped to fluidly prepare foods from different C3 concepts to maximize efficiency of real estate and labor,” he said. “The added availability of different cuisine to accommodate varying consumer preferences is another benefit for each local EllaMia community.”