After years of pouring shots of espresso in a pair of shared storefronts in Dallas and Denton, local coffee company Cultivar Coffee Bar and Roaster is opening a spot all its own.
Cultivar announced this week its long-awaited shop in Oak Cliff's Jefferson Tower will open Monday, April 11 as the company's first stand-alone business.
Founded in 2009 by friends and baristas Jonathan Meadows and Nathan Shelton, Cultivar began as a bean roasting operation housed in a Dallas garage. The two opened their first coffee bar in 2011 inside Good 2 Go Taco in East Dallas, and recently moved into Goodfriend Package sandwich shop across the street. In 2014, the brand expanded to Denton, sharing a space with the ever-popular Hypnotic Donuts on the downtown square.
Cultivar has lured a devout following of coffee nerds with its Central American beans sourced directly from farmers, but while cohabitation has its advantages, Meadows believes to provide a full coffee service and experience, the company needs its own place.
"The shared space concept is definitely a wonderful thing, you know, sharing customers and sharing rent, cross promotion," he says, "but it also has its drawbacks."
"It’s like having a roommate rather than living alone," Meadows says.
The new 1,500-square-foot space in Oak Cliff will primarily function as a coffee shop with a heavier emphasis on loose tea than Cultivar's other locations. It will also offer pastries from local bakeries and a menu of toasts, sandwiches and salads, made-to-order, like a cafe. (See full menus below.) Meadows wants to make the shop feel comfortable for patrons, so he's adding couches and a variety tables. The shop also has front and back patios, so drinkers can get a caffeine boost and some vitamin D in one place.
Beans will still be roasted in East Dallas at Cultivar's warehouse.
Meadows is ostensibly excited about the new shop, and rightfully so -- Cultivar signed the lease in Jefferson Tower more than a year ago. The storefront is one of several businesses developer Jim Lake Companies is bringing in to revitalize the formerly dilapidated building on the ground floor. It's also home to reputable restaurant and brewery Small Brewpub and quirky ice cream shop Carnival Barker's.
While he's not ruling out the possibility for another stand-alone coffee shop, Meadows is not currently pursuing it.
"We're not trying to take over the world or be Starbucks," he says.
"At the same time we do hear our customers around the D-FW metroplex asking when we’re going to go to Richardson, when we’re going to Plano."
Cultivar Coffee Bar and Roaster opens April 11. Hours of operation are Sunday through Monday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Stop by at 313 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas.