Eastside Beltline coffee counter Academy Coffee closes Sunday, September 13, at Irwin Street Market in the Old Fourth Ward. Owner Connan Moody tells Eater he’s reopening Academy Coffee later this fall inside forthcoming marketplace and cafe Kinship in Virginia-Highland, owned by Rachael Pack and his brother Myles.
The combination butcher shop, marketplace, and cafe should open by the end of the year at the VA-HI building on the corner of Virginia and North Highland avenues.
Moody opened the Beltline-adjacent coffee counter on Irwin Street two years ago where he cranks out more than just the usual coffee, latte, and espresso drinks. Think creative cold brew and tea concoctions, like an iced latte called “the Stuntman” made with Guinness and Jameson syrups or “Space Cadet” iced butterfly flower tea drink with jasmine and lemon.
“We are super excited to be joining my brother at his new space. Our new location will be more focused and allow for us to become a multi-roaster concept with many new avenues of exploration that we can work with,” Moody writes in a direct message to Eater.
In addition to Academy Coffee, Kinship plans to comprise of a number of other “sections,” including a grocery, butcher shop, a cheese counter, a kitchen serving to-go and prepared foods, and a small wine shop. Refrigerated cases will also display daily selections of packaged meats and cheeses.
Kinship and Academy Coffee join Paolo’s Gelato and pizzeria Pizza by the Slice in the circa-1910 building in Virginia-Highland. The Sicilian-style pizza joint, owned by O4W Pizza proprietor Anthony Spina, opens soon.