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Family-owned and operated cafe Active Culture first opened in Laguna Beach in 2010. Known for their made-from-scratch sauces, lentil patties, and dressings (they even make their own raw almond milk), the vegetarian cafe has since expanded into San Clemente and Bend, Oregon, and now they’re headed to Marin County.
The new location, at 454 Ignacio Boulevard, is just off the 101 in Novato’s Pacheco Plaza. Owners Faye Wickland, Katrina Hoye, and Jennifer and Johann Clapp have applied for a liquor license at the new spot, so along with the staple Active Culture grain bowls, yogurts, burritos, and burgers, you can also expect a wine and beer list like the one at their San Clemente spot, or even a cocktail menu similar to Bend’s.
From the looks of it, they also plan to open a fifth location in Long Beach, though no exact location or timeline has been announced yet.
We don’t have an exact opening date for their Novato location, but a “Coming Soon!” sign has already been nailed to the storefront with a promise of opening within a few months, so keep an eye out on the Active Culture Facebook and Instagram pages for updates.