Shortly after a new bar or restaurant opens, a happy hour menu soon follows. It makes sense. People love to get a deal on light bites or a drink after work, and establishments like that the perception of a deal attracts customers who might either stay for a full meal or return in the near future.
The whole system works great, but it really is a grown-up activity. What about kids who want an after school snack that doesn’t come from a drive-thru? Or parents who want to get together with friends at a restaurant that’s both kid friendly and affordable?
Tish Ochoa understands. The Melange Creperie co-owner has a five-year old daughter who needs a bite after school but has found a lack of appealing options.
Recently, the restaurant rolled out a new promotion it’s calling Snacky Hour. Available Monday through Friday from 4 pm to 5 pm, Snacky Hour offers kids a mini-crepe, a small sweet like a macaron, and a drink like a milk, aqua fresca, or hot chocolate. It only costs $10. Parents who want to reserve the restaurants 10-seat community table can do so by emailing or calling the restaurant.
“It’s not anything that’s going to ruin dinner or cost a lot of money,” Ochoa tells CultureMap. “If you have a play date after school, you can go to the park for a little bit then come to snacky hour. You’d still be home in time for dinner.”
Melange Creperie’s recently-opened brick and mortar restaurant at Heights Mercantile offers kid-friendly features like a large patio and tables that are chalkboards. The park across the street makes it an ideal spot for a after school play date and snack.
“When I was designing and building this, I was designing it to be family-friendly. I wanted a place I could bring my kid,” Ochoa says.
While Melange has always been known for Carrol’s inventive flavors, the restaurant has plenty of options for those with less adventurous palates. Ochoa says they’re happy to make simple crepes like plain cheese, banana nutella, or cinnamon sugar for younger guests.