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Café EVOKE: More Than a Coffee Bar

By Pamela Sosnowski

Cafe EVOKE in Edmond is a little bit different than the usual chain coffee shop, and that's exactly how owner Jason Duncan intended it to be.

"Honestly, my wife and I set out to design a place that we wanted to be while keeping in mind that it might not be the fit for everyone," says Duncan. "We try to keep things simple. You will find a crisp environment that lacks clutter. This allows us to be a place to really show off our food and drink and also keep things minimal for our guests."

The white walls and minimal interior design give the cafe a modern and fresh feel, and enable the staff to show off their artwork. But the spotlight is also on EVOKE's unique menu, which includes beer and cocktails alongside its coffee offerings. Whether you're looking for a caffeine kick to wake you up or to unwind with the newest locally brewed craft beer, EVOKE's menu soothes every sipper's craving. "Truly, we wanted Evoke to be a social sip bar that everyone could call home," explains Duncan. "A spot that might challenge some but also get the coffee excitement going 100mph for others. We weren't out to change the world of coffee. We just wanted it to be accessible for all and for all to find their favorite part of it."

Evoke is also a convenient place to grab a bite to eat in downtown Edmond, with freshly made baked goods, waffles, sandwiches, soups, salads, and desserts available. The cafe's most popular item is its waffle sandwich. "We are always trying to find new things to get people excited and when we begin thinking about how to make the ultimate waffle for EVOKE, this is what happened," explains Duncan. "This thing has ham, cheese and a fried egg, sandwiched between a bit of pesto mayo and our house waffle. It's a party for sure!"

Besides its flagship specialty coffee bar, EVOKE also offers a "Sip Truck" to book for community events, private parties, concerts, school events, or any kind of gathering. The Sip Truck has enabled EVOKE to share its food and beverages with the local community and introduce its brand to a wider variety of customers. Catering services are also available where Evoke staff can set up a coffee bar for an event in a small amount of space.

Keeping the menu limited to a few select food and beverage options allows EVOKE to keep the quality high. "We try to keep our food simple, clean and easy for everyone, focusing on a few sandwiches, salads and a pretty good selection of waffles," says Duncan. "Add all of this to our craft coffee (what we built EVOKE around), craft beer, simple and tasty cocktails and you have our DNA!"

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