Wicked's Brew Press
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Lisa McKinnon / The Star
Take a menu of breakfast and lunch items, add cups of coffee, a pinch of retail and a foreshadowing of hands-on workshops to come, and you have Wicked's Brew, the combination cafe, coffeehouse, gift shop and events space that opened late last month in a Ventura business park.
Also part of the mix: a healthy dose of theatricality, inspired by owner Gwendolyn Zero's behind-the-scenes work in the entertainment industry.
"I'm gradually letting out certain details, but the more you see, the more there is to know," said Zero, whose work uniform includes a pair of black-and-white harlequin pants.
Located at what used to be an aerial yoga studio next to Surf Brewery on Market Street, Wicked's Brew features an open dining room decorated with chandeliers, communal tables and an espresso bar under an overhang fashioned to look like a theater marquee. A table for two is displayed, just for show, atop a row of cabinets. The space eventually serves as a stage for what Zero calls the cafe's "cast of characters."