Looking for a place to get away from it all yesterday morning, I trudged a few blocks in the rain to the Atomic Bean Cafe, which had opened in the shell of Mojo Records a few months ago. I knew I could go a few more blocks to Dado Tea for a nice savory scone, but seeing Aranciata in the case reminded me the arancini at St. Anthony's Feast and so I ordered a ham and cheese croissant and settled in for a spell.
Wifi at Atomic Bean is free, but you have to remember to borrow (and return!) one of the secret password cards near the register.
Atomic Bean is also a gallery of sorts, and they currently feature paintings by Sara Theophall and others. Wall text and price lists were scant, but the work is well worth a look. Theophall's work reminded me a bit of that of Ariel Freiberg, seen at least year's Somerville Open Studios, where I also first met Tova Speter, whose woodgrain-based work has also graced the walls of Atomic Bean. Small art world indeed.