Demolition Coffee’s menu of gourmet ground coffee, freshly baked pastries, and specialty sandwiches delights patrons and has caught the attention of reporters from the Progress-Index and the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The acclaim is due to expertly brewed espresso beverages, sandwiches featuring freshly baked bread, and salads accented with original toppings, such as caribbean chicken. Additionally, Progress-Index reporter F.M. Wiggins lauds the spacious café’s interior as “unique,” with recycled materials “that carry over the 'demolition' theme and the community atmosphere.” Beneath high wooden ceilings and surrounded by refurbished brick walls, wooden tabletops are scattered about the WiFi–saturated seating area to invite leisurely sipping, and regular live music provides entertainment for workaday-coffee cups.
When she was laid-off from her job as a pre-school teacher, Chef Tara picked up a whisk and whipped lemons into lemonade by establishing Devilish Delights Bakery, LLC. At Devilish Delights, she crafts delectable treats such as cupcakes, cakes, pies and tarts, and cookies and brownies from fresh ingredients.
Chef Tara’s cupcake menu includes more than 25 flavors, ranging from tiramisu and banana puddin’ to decadent flavors such as chocolate bacon blast, toasted-almond raspberry, and the Boston—Boston cream pie cake filled with chocolate ganache. She also specializes in her trademarked CakePushers, a handheld tube filled with cake and icing that customers can push layer-by-layer into their own mouths or an unsuspecting sibling’s backpack.
The Desserterie doles out gourmet desserts built under the Europe-trained eye of pastry chef Pierre Tocco, and hearty menus boast meal-ready bistro fare and a full wine selection. The flourless espresso-chocolate cake lassos white-chocolate ganache and candied coffee beans in a dessert perfect for scarecrows afraid of eating grain-based cousins ($4.50), and slices of carrot cake interlace Grand Marnier–flavored cream-cheese icing with spongy foundations ($3.85). The fresh-fruit tart hosts a colorful pool party on its top deck, as strawberries, kiwis, and blueberries dip in a sea of triple-sec-flavored custard ($21 for 8" pie). Six different cupcakes unlock palate safes, using red velvet, german chocolate, and other recipes to open mouths instead of bobby pins and stethoscopes ($3.25 for one; $12 for four).