Espresso 22 served more than just coffee

The Dinkytown fixture is closing Friday.

After 19 years of business, the DinkydomeâÄôs Espresso 22 will close Friday, bringing disappointment from regular customers, past employees and University faculty alike. Although Espresso 22âÄôs owner, Daryoush Daghighian, would not disclose why his business was closing, public records show Espresso 22 was evicted on Nov. 21 of last year. Doran Companies began demolition near the Dinkydome in November to make room for the construction of Sydney Hall, a 13-story apartment building that will be able to house 536 people when completed. Doran Companies purchased the Dinkydome, located on the corner of University and 15th avenues, and a parking lot behind it for $9.8 million in September. Doran has plans to restore the Dinkydome for retail purposes and build the adjacent Sydney Hall. Daghighian would not comment for this story, saying only that he wished his customers the best. Political science and Spanish junior Christie Vogt said she fell in love with Espresso 22 on Election Day when she was stationed on the corner nearby campaigning for Barack Obama. She said Daghighian came to her, mocha in hand, and left. âÄúSince that day, he would ask me if Obama has called to offer me a position in his Cabinet. I tell him, âÄòIâÄôm still waitingâÄô and he says, âÄòShame on him.âÄô IâÄôve been a loyal customer since,âÄù Vogt said. Senior Christine Anderson said she will miss the comfort and ease she gets when going to the coffee shop. âÄúThereâÄôs something so unique about this place in particular that IâÄôll miss,âÄù Anderson said. âÄúIt doesnâÄôt hurt that the food is awesome and so is the coffee.âÄù Athenais Snaza , a former employee, said she will miss Espresso 22âÄôs view overlooking campus. âÄúYou look outside and everyoneâÄôs so hopeful and trying to make this world a better place,âÄù Snaza said. âÄúThere are very few locations that have this view to look on campus.âÄù Raysh Weiss , a Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature graduate student, started coming to Espresso 22 in fall 2007. Weiss said when you walk into Espresso 22, you are not just another guest. âÄúDaryoush goes out of his way to speak with you and makes you feel at ease,âÄù Weiss said. Weiss said Espresso 22 has long been an unofficial extension of the CSCL office âÄî many graduate students hold their office hours there, and Daghighian is considered a member of his department because he creates a âÄústrong sense of community with his kindness, generosity, intellectual curiosity and overall dedication.âÄù âÄúWe are all very distressed to see such a hard worker be needlessly put out of business,âÄù he said. âÄúRight now, Daryoush does not know where he will go. Superior service, such as his, should be rewarded, not ruthlessly stamped out.âÄù CSCL graduate student Courtney Gildersleeve held her office hours in Espresso 22 and said she canâÄôt imagine not going there after FridayâÄôs closing. âÄúIâÄôll miss the sense of community thatâÄôs here,âÄù she said. âÄúWhen you go to the counter, youâÄôre either greeted with a smile or a joke. ItâÄôs hard to imagine not having this place.âÄù Director of Graduate Studies Assistant for CSCL Julie Stevens said Daghighian gives his customers advice, sometimes when theyâÄôre not expecting it. âÄúHe can make a diverse group of people come together just by how he treats them,âÄù Stevens said. âÄúItâÄôs rare.âÄù Stevens said itâÄôs sad that someone so well-known is being left without a job and no place to go. Loyal customers, past employees, University faculty members, friends and family attended a gathering to say goodbye to Espresso 22 on Feb. 20. âÄúHeâÄôs such a caring and selfless person that I canâÄôt imagine anyone replacing this place or person,âÄù Anderson said. âÄúHeâÄôs played such a big part in our lives.âÄù