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New coffee shop to fill Hebrews’ vacated space

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A new shop is planned at the former south-side home of Hebrews Coffee.

Nick Bearden, co-owner of Architect Coffee Co. LLC, said he’s targeting a mid-January or early February opening for his business venture at 1604 E. Republic Road in the French Quarter shopping center.

“I actually used to work for Hebrews,” Bearden said, noting it was there, some two and a half years ago, that he realized he wanted to start his own coffee business. “It’s a really good thing for me to come back to my roots. It’s just a fantastic location to serve a really great clientele.”

Bearden, who was a manager at Hebrews, said he also has coffee experience at Travellers House Coffee LLC and, most recently, as quality control and training manager at Black Dog Coffeehouse in Kansas City.

Bearden said the Architect Coffee Co. name “roots from the fact that everything starts from the foundation.” In the case of coffee, that goes from farmer to roaster to barista, he said.

Architect Coffee Co. is starting with products sourced from Santa Cruz, California-based Verve Coffee Roasters.

“They have some of the best coffee I’ve ever had in my life. They take care of their farmers,” Bearden said, noting the company direct trades with farmers from around the world. “I wanted to bring in coffee that you can’t get even in surrounding states.”

Bearden said he’d like to expand his selection of roasters to three or four in the future, with a long-term goal of roasting beans in-house.

At the 3,400-square-foot space leased for undisclosed terms from Center Development LLC, Bearden is partnering with his wife Megan and Ryan and Alycia Horn. He and Alycia Horn will run the shop, Bearden said, noting the Horns bring financial and organizational skills to the partnership.

At the French Quarter space, Hebrews Coffee closed this fall amid a lawsuit filed by the landlord, Center Development. Hebrews Coffee was ordered to vacate the space and pay nearly $50,000 in back rent, late fees and court costs, according to past Springfield Business Journal reporting.

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