July 20, 2024

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Le Tasse Cafe closes its doors

Le Tasse Cafe closes its doors

“The pandemic has not been easy for anyone, it has greatly weakened our bases, starting Maina Jette, owner of Le Tasse for almost five years. I am a single parent entrepreneur. It is difficult.”

Ms. Jette is tired of asking for help to “make her dream come true.” “It’s brought me a lot of joy and contacts, it’s a very good project, an exciting start for the entrepreneur. But I can’t make a good living with it. The economic context is not conducive to improving it in the short term. We’ve reached the end of the resources we have to survive it.

As of August 31, Maina invites Jette Le Tasse’s customers to come for a final coffee. “I’ll be there all week to see as many people as possible and say goodbye in a good mood,” she said.


Maina Jetty recently accepted a purchase offer, selling the duplex where she houses Tasse. This building has been for sale for a year. “When we put it up for sale, I accepted the possibility that we would end operations. It’s not official until we know what’s going on. Selling the building is a way to fill the coffers and give you some flexibility. We can continue to operate as tenants,” said the cafe owner, who recently celebrated his 13th birthday.

“But the buyer wanted to take over the business,” she continues. It is unclear what type of business is being conducted there, but they are catering inside and buying cafe equipment. We suspect it might be something like this, but it’s not Tasse.

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And personally, Maina Jette takes time to shake off her dust as she wants to spend time with her children. “My eldest was five and I drank coffee for five. Sometimes I feel like I’m missing some moments. I want to be more for them. But when you have an entrepreneurial spirit, it’s hard to remain an employee! A renovator who never says no to getting back behind the stoves if the occasion allows.

Three students were hired by Tasse, but the new administration could rehire them.

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