Today marks the soft opening for Octane at The Jane. The new Octane space feels far more different than the original Westside location. It's bright with extremely tall ceilings, chock-full of light woods, and the garage-like doors open up allowing the cool(ish) Fall breeze to waft through the space. Owner Tony Riffel says they chose Grant Park because he and his wife, Diane Riffel (who is also the General Manager of the new location), live nearby and love the neighborhood. There are a lot of other notable differences here versus the Westside location. The biggest one? Octane is now roasting its own coffee.
Brett Burton, who is in charge of the ambitious proprietary coffee endeavor, told Eater Atlanta: "We aim for all the coffees to be clean, sweet, balanced, and complex." The first two coffees for the Jane locations are Guatemala, Injerto Estate and Panama, Carmen Estate. The espresso is a blend from Brazil, El Salvador, and Guatemala. In about two weeks the first big raw, green, purchase will come in, which will include coffees from Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Colombia, Kenya, and Ethiopia. These coffees will eventually be served at the other two Octanes and be sold by the pound on site. Dustin Mattson and Dave Delchamps are in charge of the day to day operations and training.
Another big difference is that Little Tart Bakeshop has its operations on the premises and is filling the pastry section with quiches, croissants, and a variety of other sweet treats. Owner Sarah O'Brien says she aims to use local ingredients whenever she can. Octane is also doing light meal service, which will extend into the evening with an "after 5" small bites menu and possibly expand into more composed dishes as the space does. The bar is also more pronounced with two bartenders - Mike "Goose" Harrell and Aaron Drobek - cranking out a classic cocktail program. In other words, this is the place to come for a wicked Old Fashioned or a Negroni. There will be a six local beer taps and a small selection of wines by the glass with wines by the bottle to follow.
The coffee house is only open until noon today through Sunday and will close Monday. However, it will open for regular business hours (Monday through Friday from 7a.m. to midnight, Saturday 8a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 8a.m. - 10p.m.) starting Tuesday.
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