(Chico) A new coffee roaster and cafe with a unique "neighborhood vibe" is coming soon to Park Avenue in Chico, further testimony to the economic and cultural revitalization transforming the business corridor. The new "15th Street Cafe" will open soon in the Park Village Center at the corner of Park Ave. and 15th Street along Oakdale Street. Park Village is a neighborhood retail and commercial center, and is more popularly known as the "Nobby's Center" because it is also the home of the legendary and beloved Nobby's Hamburgers.
15th Street Cafe is owned and operated by Mark McGinnis and his father Michael McGinnis, both of whom are long time Chico residents and live in the neighborhood. Mark McGinnis has spent many years in the title and escrow business, and is now following his dream of being the proprietor of a coffee roastery. Michael McGinnis is a former Chico city council member who served as mayor, and will be retiring soon as the executive director of the ARC of Butte County, a large non-profit company that serves people with disabilities. 15th Street Cafe will enhance the iconic and historic Barber Neighborhood, offering a cool and comfortable meeting place with indoor and outdoor patio seating and quality food and beverages.
The Park Village Center itself is under new ownership, and is in the midst of a a major revitalization and redevelopment project. Leasing is being handled by Carrie Welch and Mike Donnelly of Coldwell Banker Commercial - Northern California Retail Division. Design work is being handled by Mike Trolinder of Location Arts. The Park Avenue corridor is undergoing a remarkable urban transformation, with has included major business expansion from such companies as Lulu's Fashion, Printed Image and even an emerging brewery and distillery district including Hooker Oak Distillery at Park and Myers Streets and Secret Trail Brewing coming soon.