Near the end of the summer, Heights residents will gain another coffee outpost that will also serve alcohol and food.
The upcoming Roast N Brew House is the brainchild of Timbergrove Manor resident Vicki Giannakopoulos, who is opening the shop along with her father, Stravos.
“My dad’s been opening businesses up since he got here (from Greece),” Giannakopoulos said. “We are going to open this up as my first venture.”
Giannakopoulos said she fell in love with coffee while working at Starbucks in college and even roasted her own coffee and sold it at farmers markets for a short time. That’s why she calls Roast N Brew House her passion project.
The father-daughter team works together as the former shows the latter the ropes of opening her first business.
For Giannakopoulos, the Heights was the perfect place to open up shop because of its attitude toward new, small businesses.
“It has a vibe of excepting smaller business and they flourish there,” Giannakopoulos said.
The shop at 931 W. 19th St. will offer different coffees on rotation, roasted by local and foreign roasters, along with beer and wine. Food options will include soups, salads and sandwiches made in-house and baked goods sourced from local artisans. Patrons will also be able to order a glass of beer or wine.
Giannakopoulos said the shop may also serve traditional Greek pastries, and other pastries, made by nuns from the St. Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Monastery in Washington, Texas.
Roast N Brew House isn’t much more than framing at the moment, but the shop is projected to open in August.
“We’re trying to do like a French café on the outside, and the inside will have different sections,” Giannakopoulos said. “There will be a long table for people to get together and another section will be more intimate where you can study.”
Luckily for Giannakopoulos, the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t affected construction of the building. But it has made it harder to contact bakery sources since some places are temporarily closed.
The vision Giannakopoulos has for Roast N Brew House is for it to be a place where families will gather as well as young professionals.
Giannakopoulos said she believes many people’s work life will look different than what it was before the pandemic. She said she has friends who over the next couple of months, and possibly beyond, will only be in-office a few days per week.
“We’re excited to be here and look forward to getting involved in the community,” Giannakopoulos said.