Dining With Denise Neil

Churn & Burn adds crepes and early-morning hours to the menu

Churn & Burn has added crepes to its menu.
Churn & Burn has added crepes to its menu.

When I reviewed Churn & Burn, the nitro-ice cream and coffee shop at 556 S. Oliver, my only criticism was that that the business wasn’t open during the traditional coffee hour, when I’d like to sample its many caffeinated creations. It didn’t open until 11 a.m.

This week, Churn & Burn not only fixed that problem but also upped the ante by adding one of my favorite foods to the menu: crepes.

Churn & Burn’s new hours are 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 9 p.m. Sundays, meaning weekday morning crowds now can enjoy the restaurant’s lattes, espresso cappuccinos and – if they’re feeling reckless – its decadent coffee/ice cream creations. (Churn & Burn also just started serving its own blend of drip coffee.)

Morning visitors now also can order crepes, and the shop is selling two flavors: banana Nutella and strawberry/blueberry. The crepes are available with or without a scoop of ice cream on top.

For now, they’re only offered Tuesdays through Saturdays until 2 p.m. Eventually, owner Christian Shomberg said, he hopes to serve the crepes whenever the store is open and also will add more varieties if they go over well, he said. His version is a bit richer than the average crepe because the batter is extra buttery, he said.

The shop also has started selling Great Harvest pastries, including cinnamon rolls, brownies and a pumpkin chocolate chip bread for the holidays.

Shomberg said he got the idea to add crepes after visiting a South American restaurant that specializes in crepes and ice cream. Similar restaurants are becoming popular on the east coast and in Miami, he said.