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Perks Coffee & Cafe to open in summer 2016 

Perks Coffee & Cafe (4300 Clearview Parkway, Metairie) opens this summer.

  The cafe is the project of husband-and-wife team Ashley and David Varnado. Ashley is the chef behind the operation and David, a coffee industry veteran who has managed several cafes in the area, will handle the coffee.

  Ashley says the idea for the cafe has evolved for years as she noticed a lack of healthy options at area drive-through restaurants. Perks joins a crop of nearby coffee shops, but the Varnados say their concept will focus on freshly prepared foods to go.

  "As a parent, you just don't always have time to cook," she says, adding that the menu will feature classic cafe fare including breakfast pastries, soups, sandwiches and salads.

  "We'll do a lot of steamed vegetables and baked and grilled items," she says. "Everything is fresh and local. Nothing is coming off of a Sysco truck."

  There will be inside seating as well, and they expect to offer coffee from a local roaster.

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