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More Details on Cafe + Velo, Opening Soon on Edgewood Avenue

Coffee and bikes under one roof

The rooftop patio at Cafe + Velo.
The rooftop patio at Cafe + Velo.
Jeff Demetriou

Local artist Jeff Demetriou and Atlanta Beltline Bicycle owner Ben Boisson are working on a Sweet Auburn bike shop/cafe, and now the duo has more details to share. The owners are currently hiring baristas, and if all permits are in on time, Cafe + Velo should make its debut the week of September 19 at 381 Edgewood Ave. SE.

  • The shop will use beans from Octane Coffee for its caffeinated beverages. Baker and chef Eric Dauce will serve a menu of pastries and other baked goods, plus a selection of “crandwiches” (croissant sandwiches).
  • A large patio and rooftop deck will allow for al fresco dining, and will host morning yoga and a mini croquet course.
  • Design consists of vintage metal chairs, antique bikes, white oak tables, and a “Wall of All,” a photo gallery, curated by Demetriou, dedicated to famous cyclists, civil rights leaders, artists, poets, thinkers, activists, and “progressive subversives/critical thinkers of yesterday and today.”
  • Commuter bike rentals will be available for $35 per day or $200 per week. Something called a “Bike Box,” a vending machine of sorts created by Demetriou and Boisson, will dispense bike parts, tools, and accessories.

Demetriou and Boisson came up with the venture as a way to satisfy their need for an affordable neighborhood establishment: “For the past few years it has seemed like almost every new place that opens up has a concept, price-point, and/or atmosphere crafted to cater to demographics and/or interests that are not reflective of the intown neighborhoods and communities to whom they serve,” Demetriou said in a prepared statement.

Hours at Cafe + Velo will be Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The owners are also working on a similar, but larger concept somewhere along the BeltLine’s Eastside trail. Demetriou couldn’t offer specifics, but he tells Eater Atlanta it will be located “on the already completed portion” of the trail.

Coffee and Cycling Collide at Forthcoming Edgewood Avenue Cafe [EATL]

Cafe + Velo

381 Edgewood Ave. SE, Atlanta , GA 30312 Visit Website

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