INDIANAPOLIS — Three new coffee shops have entered the Indianapolis cafe scene in just a little over two months.
Each has a focus of locality — 'Foundation Coffee Company' works to feed food-insecure students in Indianapolis Public Schools, 'Bovaconti' celebrates Fountain Square's history, and SoBro's 'Prufrock' allows parents to enjoy a cup of coffee while their kid plays in close vicinity.
Justin Jones, owner of Georgia Street Grind in Downtown Indianapolis, opened his second coffee shop in Fountain Square in early October.
Contrasting from its convention-serving predecessor, Bovaconti Coffee opens earlier and closes later, and also has a focus on the local artist and business community.
The coffee shop and juice bar offers craft coffee, freshly-made juices and grab-and-go breakfast and lunch. My personal favorite is easily their house-made 'Spanish Latte.'
Bovaconti occupies the trolley corridor of Virginia Avenue. Previously, the building was the home of Bovaconti Jewelers, and the preservation of history within the 19th century building is aparent.
During the design and construction, the building revealed an intricate metal tile ceiling and original brick walls and a fireplace, according to Jones.
"We made many of the design decisions for the shop with the history of the building in mind. For example, we restored the exact shade of pink that was once on the walls of Bovaconti Jewelers and let the exposed brick from original 1850s building be a focal point," Jones said.
"We gave a nod to the shop's jewelry store origins by including diamonds around the space in the floor tiles and on some of the branding, like the to-go cups," he continued. "We wanted the history of the space to shine, while adding our own current spin, that feels relevant and authentic to the Fountain Square neighborhood."
Bovaconti Coffee hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Closed Monday
The Foundation Coffee Company
The Patachou Foundation opened its social enterprise Foundation Coffee Company on November 25, at 4565 Marcy Lane.
The hunger-fighting nonprofit takes all proceeds from its coffee shop to help provide the more than 1,500 scratch-made afterschool meals that feed food-insecure students at eight Indianapolis-are schools, weekly.
The shop is attached to the private offices of The Patachou Foundation on the city's north side.
Foundation Coffee is small, cozy, full of natural lighting, and offers a unique blend of coffee roasted by Indianapolis-based Hubbard & Cravens. It also offers espresso drinks, housemade pastries, panini sandwiches, salad, and soup.
Foundation Coffee Company hours: Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Closed Sunday
Two working mothers decided it was finally time to open the cafe they've been planning and plotting for years.
Anna Jarman and Candace Gregoire both live in the Broad Ripple area. As longtime residents and friends, they couldn't be happier to open up a coffee shop that serves the community they love, at 5168 North College Avenue.
"I've always wanted to put it here (SoBro)," Jarman said. "We've entertained other locations, but they never felt right. This space opened up, and we were ready to go."
Prufrock will host an assortment of local roasters, rotating them weekly. Guests can expect to be sipping on anything local from Circadian Coffee, Limelight Coffee Roasters, Bee Coffee Roasters, and more.
"What's cool is a lot of those guys are in the neighborhood, and like roast out of their garage, or wherever, so it's fun to kind of bring them in," Jarman said.
Prufrock is two levels. When entering off of College Avenue, you're welcomed by plants, assorted vintage furniture, an inviting staircase, and even a fireplace.
Downstairs serves as both a play area for kids and workspace for parents. While typing away, parents can have an entertained child in eyeshot.
Prufrock Coffee is one of the latest cafes to open In Indy. What a great addition to the SoBro area. Seriously loving all of the plants and vintage furniture. pic.twitter.com/KglRtzprSC— Shakkira Harris (@shakkirasays) December 16, 2019
Prufrock Coffee Co. hours: Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.