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Opening Alert: Sambalatte’s latest outpost elevates the Smith Center’s nosh stash

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The Smith Center’s Sambalatte beckons.
Photo: Wade Vandervort

Even before the Smith Center debuted, Sambalatte founder Luiz Oliveira wanted to collaborate with the performing arts center. But Downtown’s Symphony Park wasn’t yet established enough to support a luxury coffee shop. More than six years later, Sambalatte Torrefazione has opened its fourth location—at the facility, near Discovery Children’s Museum. “It’s a great cultural center and very well-designed, a great location for us to raise bar on the brand,” Oliviera says. “The public that goes to the Smith Center appreciates art, music, good food and good wine.”

Aiming to be the Neiman Marcus of coffee, Sambalatte offers an elevated culinary experience to match the arts-minded clientele, its newest location serving up scones with clotted cream, gourmet sandwiches and loose-leaf tea. Expect special show-related treats, like The Lion King-themed “Hakuna Ma-Latte” served in tandem with the Broadway Las Vegas series. In addition to the latte art, hand-crafted pour-over coffee and ethically sourced beans, the Smith Center Sambalatte will offer an elegant afternoon tea service with a live jazz duet come January. Which means you don’t need a show ticket to sip espresso here. It’s open to the public and comes with free wifi and parking validation.

Sambalatte Torrefazione Coffee Lounge & Espresso Bar Smith Center, 702-476-8556. Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. & during performances.

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