The former Academy Club’s retro martini glass sign has been a staple of Main Street West Point for decades—and a beacon to those in need of a stiff drink. While hard liquor hasn’t been served there in several years, the beloved community hub became known for its offerings of garlic steak sandwiches, wine, beer, and live music, until it closed in spring of 2020 with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Now, nearly two years later, the quaint building at 311 Main Street is under new ownership, with a new name, and once again offering libations—though the new cafe’s drinks are more along the lines of Americanos and frappuccinos and smoothies, though there will also be mimosas and a large selection of beer and wine.

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Marie-Elena studied creative writing, art, and photography at University of Nebraska at Omaha, graduating with a BA in Studio Art -Visual Media. She moved to California from Nebraska in 2019 and is happy to call Calaveras County her home.

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