Whoa. Time really flies when you’re crazy busy.
As you all may or may not have heard — we’re opening a third cafe. The location is at 724 SW Washington St. in downtown Portland, just around the corner from the food carts on 9th and Alder. The spot was occupied for almost eight years by our pals over at Coffee Plant. Mike and his crew will continue to operate the second location at 5915 SW Corbett.
We’re going to have a joint celebration at the new space on Friday, January 14 to both say goodbye and hello.
From a pure business standpoint, this is really big for us. We’re all super excited to take the next step and launch a new branch of the FP. Most important to us is ability to really bring over the established culture of the existing FP cafes. We take our coffee seriously but at the same time, we’re looking to be a spot that you want to hang out in. This past week has been a long process in tear-down and build-up. We’ve done some painting and some rearranging. Next up tomorrow is the heading over to our neighbors on Mississippi for a turntable.
We also went on a hiring binge. In the span of about one week, we interviewed and hired four new coworkers and our crack in-house trainer Alex has been working overtime to bring them up to speed. We’ll be hanging out, sweeping, mopping and organizing like mad to get the space ready to go for our opening day on Monday, January 10. Our buddies over at Stumpy have also really come through with lightning fast equipment turn-around, coffee deliveries, advice and support.
I know we’re all psyched to get to know a whole new batch of regulars as well as seeing our existing customers who happen to work downtown. Here’s to good things for the weeks ahead.