It's been a few months since we told you about The Dressing Room, a restaurant that partners Troy Watkins and Kyu Utsunomiya plan to open on Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix. Well, they're still not ready to unveil the new dining spot quite yet, but the adjacent coffee shop is now open for business.
Back in March, the duo hadn't settled on a name for the coffee shop. Now we know it's called Be: Coffee + Food + Stuff.
The coffee shop takes over a space inside MonOrchid Gallery that used to house Songbird Coffee, which relocated earlier this year to a freestanding location on Third Street. In addition to a menu of coffee and espresso drinks, Be also serves a small menu of breakfast and lunch items.
Be is sourcing its espresso and cold brew from Infusion Coffee and Tea in Tempe, while the selections for the shop's pour over and drip will rotate. Customers are able to check out the coffees' orgins on a large chalkboard menu.
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The lineup of breakfast items will remain pretty stable, with options including an egg sandwich on an English muffin, and egg sandwich on an onion roll, cold oats, and toast featuring MJ Bread and homemade Nutella. Lunch options include three different sandwiches that will vary slightly from time to time. Earlier this week, the menu included a turkey sandwich, an Italian tuna sandwich, and an arugula salad sandwich.
Be also offers housemade soft serve in vanilla and Belgian chocolate and apple fritters from none other than Karl's Quality Bakery.
Inside the tiny coffee shop, you'll find a long community table and a lounge area with couch seating. Art from well-known local artist and muralist JB Snyder gives the space color while the whole room gets ample sunlight from front windows.
For more information or for updates about Be or The Dressing Room, visit the Dressing Room / be coffee food stuff Facebook page.