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Chef Kevin Gillespie Opens a Walk-Up Coffee Shop With a Local Atlanta Roastery

Docent opens as a walk-up shop at Cold Beer October 16 serving coffee and frozen coffee drinks paired with all-day breakfast wraps and burritos from Kevin Gillespie

Docent Coffee roastery opens as a walk-up coffee shop on the corner of the ground floor covered patio at Cold Beer, owned by chef Kevin Gillespie, on the Eastside Beltline in Atlanta.
Docent x CB opens on the patio of Cold Beer October 16.
Docent Coffee
Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for over 12 years.

Top Chef alum Kevin Gillespie’s Eastside Beltline restaurant and bar Cold Beer will soon include a walk-up coffee shop serving grab-and-go wraps and burritos several days a week.

Gillespie is teaming up with Decatur-based roastery Docent to create the aptly named Docent x CB coffee shop, which takes over the restaurant’s walk-up bar under the covered patio area. The shop officially opens Saturday, October 16.

Once open, expect coffee and coffee drinks as well as frozen coffee and Irish coffee slushies paired with an all-day breakfast menu featuring bacon waffle wraps, paninis, cinnamon rolls, chicken chorizo burritos, and Gillespie’s popular Chick-fil-A biscuit-inspired C.O.S. (closed on Sunday) chicken sandwich. Beer will also be available from the restaurant.

While the patio and beer garden at Cold Beer offers seating for the shop, Docent co-owner Jeff Richards says the walk-up bar is meant for people looking to quickly grab to-go food and coffee. Richards describes Docent x CB as “combining the convenience, speed, and relative affordability of fast food (and coffee)” with the quality of “craft” coffee and food.

Named for the volunteer guides often found at art galleries and museums, Richards and Nolan Hall first opened Docent as an independent roastery and mobile barista cart company, before opening a small shop on Edgewood Avenue in 2018. The shop eventually closed, with the roastery moving to Decatur. Gillespie began serving Docent coffee at his restaurants in 2019, including at breakfast and lunch counter Ole Reliable inside the Georgia Pacific building in downtown Atlanta. It appears the counter-service restaurant is temporarily closed.

In addition to Cold Beer, Gillespie also owns Gunshow in the Glenwood Park neighborhood and Revival and Communion beer garden in Decatur.

Take a look at the menu for Docent x CB:

Temporary hours, starting October 16: Wednesday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hours should expand in the future.

Cold Beer

670 DeKalb Avenue Northeast, , GA 30312 (404) 254-1032 Visit Website


924 Garrett Street, , GA 30316 (404) 380-1886 Visit Website


129 Church Street, , GA 30030 (470) 225-6770 Visit Website

Docent Coffee

381 Edgewood Avenue Southeast, , GA 30312 (404) 254-3267 Visit Website


129 Church Street, Decatur, GA 30030 (470) 225-6770