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Dani Hale’s Cup ’a Comfort Cafe a breakfast and lunch hub for all ages

Dani and James Hale opened the “Cup ’a Comfort Cafe” on Viking Avenue. The cafe features hand painted murals, free Wi-Fi and variety of menu selections. - Brad Camp/Staff Photo
Dani and James Hale opened the “Cup ’a Comfort Cafe” on Viking Avenue. The cafe features hand painted murals, free Wi-Fi and variety of menu selections.
— image credit: Brad Camp/Staff Photo

POULSBO — Six weeks into business, and Dani Hale’s Cup ’a Comfort Cafe on Viking Avenue already smells irresistible. It’s a Friday afternoon, and the sizzling scent of bacon is emanating from the kitchen.

But that isn’t the only sensory stimulation the new cafe has to offer; its walls are a target for the eye, coated in murals of Poulsbo’s Front Street, nature scenes and even an upwards glance into the universe. The murals were painted by Hale’s nephew, Shaun Heilman.

Paired with decor that feels more than a little like home, Cup ’a Comfort wants for nothing in atmosphere despite its only recent start.

And from the response Hale has gotten so far, same goes for the food.

“I wanted to fill a niche that isn’t being filled,” she said of the shop, which sits near the Red Apple Market in Poulsbo. The breakfast and lunch eatery isn’t one afraid of change: “The idea for me is to create a place where regulars are putting in suggestions for the menu,” she said, adding she’s already begun to serve a recurring crowd, who’s names, faces and orders she’s learning, “kind of like ‘Cheers.’ ”

Fried egg sandwiches have been hot commodities in the early hours, as have breakfast pockets. Hot and cold Tully’s Coffee espresso drinks and baked goods are also served up. Lunchtime sees an array of wraps, soups, sandwiches and salads, along with daily specials beginning at 11 a.m. Cup ’a Comfort offers delivery services within a five-mile radius.

And Hale said if her menu doesn’t have just the ticket to fill that stomach void, she’s happy to adjust.

“If I’ve got the ingredients, I can make it work,” she said.

Hale’s made the place one the whole family can enjoy, complete with a playroom boasting books and toys for kids — in part for her own 3-year-old daughter.

A kid-friendly menu is also offered, and unlike many places with Wi-Fi service for its customers, Cup ’a Comfort not only offers an Internet connection without charge, but has enough outlets for its customers to utilize.

Changing beat from corporate coffee shops and delis, Hale said she’s working hard to keep costs down, and keep up a menu that fits customers’ needs.

A Port Orchard resident who’s worked in all sorts of fields, including the food industry, Hale said she’s just glad to be a part of Poulsbo’s community, be in her own kitchen, and be with customers on a daily basis.

“I get to cook and I get to visit,” she said. “I’ve got the best of both worlds.”

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