Thompson bought Kaldi's in June 2005. The 33-year-old has worked in the catering industry for almost 20 years and previously specialized in high-volume catering, working for Coney Island, Americana and Paul Brown Stadium. "When I bought Kaldi's," he says, "I was interested in something more intimate."
CityBeat: Where did you eat your last great meal and what was it?
Jeremy Thompson: I would probably say Maury's Tiny Cove over in Cheviot.
I had their cod sandwich, which is a phenomenal sandwich. It's fresh battered. They put it on a thick German rye. It's delicious. What I love about Maury's is they haven't decorated the place since the 1950s. It's so far out of style, it's retro again.
CB: Why do coffeehouses attract so many weirdoes?
JT: [laughs] That's a great question. It's a phenomenal question because it's true. We get all kinds in Kaldi's. You've got time to hang out, coffee's cheap: It's a buck-fifty for a coffee. It's a caffeine fix, and everyone needs a caffeine fix. It's your vice that goes all day.
KALDI'S COFFEE SHOP, 1204 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-241-3070.