Great news for east Mesa residents: Caffe Boa, the popular Mill Avenue bistro and wine bar, is opening a second location at Power and McDowell roads near Las Sendas.
The new Caffe Boa, which takes over the former Pacific Bay Company, is expected to open around Nov. 1.
The menu will include many of the favorite dishes from the Tempe bistro (pictured above), but owner Jay Wisniewski says the new restaurant will feature a wood-burning oven — something not found at the Mill location — for making pasta dishes, but not pizzas.
Another feature, Wisniewski says, will be a salumi station, offering artisan cured meats, at the end of the bar.
The 2,500-square-foot Mesa restaurant, which will have hardwood floors and earth-tone colors, will seat about 55 inside and another 45 on a patio with a fireplace.
Compared to the Tempe location, the Mesa one will offer a pared-down wine list of 25 reds and 25 whites — all available by the glass, half-bottle or bottle — from a glass-enclosed wine cellar.
“We think it will allow customers to try great wines from around the world without breaking the bank,” Wisniewski says.
“Although there are some restaurants already doing good things there, I feel we can offer something that’s not out there,” Wisniewski says.
This marks Caffe Boa’s second try at expansion. Several years ago, Wisniewski opened additional locations in Ahwatukee (later sold and now with a different menu, although it retains the name) and north Scottsdale (since closed).