For cyclists, there’s always a constraint on space: space to store tools and gear en route, space when jockeying with autos along the shoulder, and space dedicated to gathering with like-minded pedalers.
Creating a remedy for the latter constraint, Maglianero Cafe is Burlington, Vermont’s primary attraction for the two-wheel set. Translated as ‘black jersey’ in Italian, and inspired by Johnny Cash’s iconic tune “Man in Black,” Maglianero features biker-friendly solutions like indoor parking, wash areas for both bikes and commuters, and a cycle repair area.
The cafe is located a block from Lake Champlain along Burlington’s bike path, within a retail space that was created by global design think-tank Jager Di Paola Kemp Design (JDK). In fact, it was carved out of their basement and continues to host exhibits and events associated with the firm. But don’t try and drop-in at the infamous skate ramp, it’s currently locked-up due to insurance details. [Note: Even more of a reason to help Burlington build a skatepark.]
Not to ignore a cyclist’s need to boost their mental and physical state, whether heading into the uphill stage or plugging in for a few hours of work, the cafe doesn’t disappoint. Serving farm-direct coffees and teas, fresh pastries from local bakers and plenty of comfortable seating zones, all are welcome here –and you don’t have to roll-up on two wheels to get served. Although, it’s certainly recommended because your selections will taste that much better.
On opening day –when this story was first published in late-May for VentureThere.com– there was a constant flow of young and old, hipster and normie, autos and bikes. The last time I was there — just last week– it was the same, busy flow thanks in part to the smooth espresso, friendly service and productive wi-fi.
Don’t forget to tip your barista and bike mechanic, or coffee mechanic, in this case. It’s the “Modern Mobility Movement.” You don’t have to drink the kool-aid if you’re not inclined, but you should definitely drink the brew. Speaking of which, I’m heading there in an hour to meet with another freelance pro –long live the hustle, and thanks to Maglianero for supporting our free-range habits.
For more photos of Maglianero Cafe, visit JAG::PHOTO.