BY OWEN MORRIS
I drove down 39th Street yesterday and was mildly surprised (in a good way) by a couple of the new businesses there.
First, I stopped by Javanaut, a coffee shop in the space previously occupied by Crave at 615 W. 39th Street. The entire space was much cleaner and airy than I remember Crave ever being. Barista Mike Valverde recommended a "London Fog" which is Earl Grey Tea, steamed milk and vanilla. He was quite proud of some of the unique blends Javanaut offers, including specialty coffees from Mexico and Vietnam. In addition to a wide-range of coffee drinks, Javanaut also serves Italian sodas and a limited supply of bakery items.
A block down from Javanaut, on the northeast corner of 39th and Bell, I was pleased to see work on the restaurant that used to be Mama's 39th Street Diner.While there's construction paper blocking any view of the inside, signs promise a place called Thai Garden. I called the number listed on the sign but got no response; it's been that way for more than a month, according to a discussion forum I found on the place.
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