Grindstone Coffeeology buys property next door, will expand
HUNTINGTON — Grindstone Coffeeology has announced plans to dramatically expand its footprint in the 800 block of 8th Street in downtown Huntington.
“We have bought the house next door and we want to incorporate the first floor level into a sitting cafe space for our customers,” owner Brendan Fenn said. “We also want to add patio space out in the front. That will enable us an opportunity to provide all the amenities that a cafe would have, including Wi-Fi, additional seating and a larger menu.”
The patio would seat 18 to 20 people. The cafe space would be two large rooms on the lower level.
“The cafe will be a very comfortable space that will seat around 30 people,” Fenn said. “Our core business will always be coffee, and we are not pretending to be a restaurant. We’re a coffee business that will serve all kinds of food.”
Fenn says the expansion plan is still going through the design process.
“We are looking at what is required by the city of Huntington and the health department, and then we will proceed from there,” he said. “I would like to see the new patio space open by spring and the new cafe space open by next winter.”
The new patio will be made from a repurposed shipping container frame, Fenn added.
“We will also build a disabled access there, as well,” he said.
Fenn said the estimated cost of the expansion project is approximately $180,000.
As far as the upstairs of the new house, Fenn says he would like to turn that space into an Airbnb.
“That’s another potential project down the road,” he said.
Just last year, Grindstone Coffeeology opened its new brick-and-mortar location, known as Grindstone Central, at 816 8th St. in Huntington to complement the business that began on Memorial Day 2016 with a coffee truck called “Bonnie.”
“This past year has been a good one for this location,” Fenn said. “The drive-through service has been outstanding, and our coffee truck is still running strong.”
Fenn says he is also expanding the ways that Grindstone Coffeeology can serve the Tri-State community with its caffeinated brews and treats for many years to come.
“Bonnie the truck will continue serving up our same quality brews at specific workplaces and events,” he added. “We will also continue to expand our special event catering popup for weddings and functions.”
Bonnie the truck is at Marshall University, outside Old Main on Hal Greer Boulevard, from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.
Just like the truck, the shop offers a mix of espresso-based drinks including cappuccino, lattes and an Australian flatwhite. For a warm day, you can choose to cool off with a cold brew iced coffee. Drinks are $3.50 for a small, $4 for a medium and $4.50 for a large. For 50 cents you can add a flavor such as mocha, caramel, vanilla or white chocolate.
“In addition to our coffees, we have house-brewed unsweetened and sweet tea. We also do Italian sodas, which are 20 ounces for $3 topped with whipped cream,” Fenn said. “We are always introducing new variations on our menu items and introducing new items.”
If you are looking for a snack, you can enjoy muffins ($3), a caramel slice ($3.50) or gluten-free oatmeal bars ($3.50). If you have a sweet tooth, there are also salted caramel squares ($1). There’s a breakfast bagel ($4) with a baked egg, bacon, cheese and relish or a toasted cheese croissant ($3.50). There’s also a brunch sandwich ($4.50) featuring turkey, spinach, cheese, avocado and relish on a toasted English muffin.
“When we expand with our new cafe and patio space, we will also be able to expand our menu items as well,” Fenn said. “I am so excited about our expansion plans and very happy to be part of such a wonderful and supportive community.”
Hours of operation for the brick-and-mortar location are from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
For carry-out orders, catering options or more information, call Fenn at 606-369-7529. For specials and a view of all the items on the menu, visit https://www.facebook.com/Grindstonecoffeeology.
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“When we expand with our new cafe and patio space, we will also be able to expand our menu items as well. I am so excited about our expansion plans and very happy to be part of such a wonderful and supportive community.”