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Serving Diedrich coffee and Persian tea, the staff at Chapman Coffee House brings old-fashioned customer service to their newly re-opened venue. From left: Soheila Rohani, owner; Millie, daughter; Ezzy Rohani, owner; Amee, daughter.

When Ezzy and Soheila Rohani took over the landmark Chapman Coffee House at 505 North Glassell, they wanted to continue the legacy of a neighborhood coffee shop that serves the local community, particularly students at Chapman University.

With their daughter Millie currently attending film school at Chapman University, the couple decided the new venture was the perfect opportunity for Ezzy to do something fun in his retirement years while providing a nice venue for students to gather.

A former civil engineer, Ezzy oversees the daily operation on site, while his wife, Soheila, continues to work as a registered charge nurse at Mission Hospital.

“We always enjoy coming to Old Towne, and when our daughter started at Chapman University, we came back more often,” Ezzy said. “That’s how we got connected with the coffee house.”

After taking over the lease in November, the Rohanis remodeled the interior and re-opened in December. Everything is brand new, including the granite countertops and all the furniture.

“We also bought a new automated espresso machine from Switzerland,” he said. “We are improving on the service and the quality of the beverages, as well as providing the opportunity for our customers to order customized recipes.”

Open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, with the exception of nine Bahai Holy Days and Christmas, Chapman Coffee House features an inviting setting that Ezzy calls, “a home away from home.” In addition to coffee drinks, the menu includes everything from smoothies and fresh orange juice to pastries and panini sandwiches. One of their specialties is Persian tea.

Since the grand opening, Ezzy says that they’ve received a lot of positive feedback from the community. They especially enjoy it when their Millie comes in with her friends.

“I love Old Towne, and this is a great place to be,” Ezzy said. “The students love the place, and neighbors are happy with this new addition. The ambience is cozy and dimly lit, with a fireplace for people who like to hang out and talk.”

Chapman Coffee House
505 North Glassell Street, Orange, CA 92867 / 714-288-2795

Published in the Mar/Apr 2012 edition of the Old Towne Orange Plaza Review

Written by Karen Anderson, Photograph by Jeanine Hill

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