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Blueprint Coffee will open new location in Lindenwood Park

Friday, August 11th, 2017

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{  Blueprint co-owner Kevin Reddy }

 

Lindenwood Park will soon become a destination for those in search of a quality cup of coffee. As reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Blueprint Coffee co-owners Mike Marquard and Kevin Reddy have announced they will open a second location at 4206 Watson Road this November.

“The two things that attracted us to the space is its an area that we feel is pretty primed for specialty coffee, and it’s an area where some of us live,” Marquard said. “I’m over there a lot for my kid’s soccer tournaments at Lindenwood Park or Francis Park.”

Marquard said the building, which used to house a brake repair shop, measures approximately 1,100 square feet and will have 20 to 30 seats inside with an additional 10 to 20 seats outside. Marquard said it won’t take much work to get the building coffee-ready, since there won’t be roasting facility at this location, unlike Blueprint’s original spot on Delmar Boulevard.

 

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{ Blueprint’s original location on Delmar Boulevard } 

 

“It’s kind of a blank canvas right now,” he said. “It’s just a matter of digging some trenches to run plumbing and drainage and building the bar and adding the bathrooms. There’s not too much structural work we’ll be doing to the building. We’re going to try and keep it an open and breezy space.”

The breeziness should be facilitated by the building’s five garage doors, two of which will open onto the bar to facilitate walk-up service and one that will become the entrance to the rear patio space. Marquard said he’s particularly excited about the patio possibilities, something the Delmar location lacks.

The coffee and food menus will also be different than those at the Delmar location.

“We won’t have a full kitchen, but we’ll have some good prep equipment and be able to do some food,” he said. “We want to make sure we’re capturing what is and isn’t in the neighborhood, so we’re not overstepping too much on things that are already there and also bring in something new.”

Construction is scheduled to begin next week.

Reddy photo courtesy of Blueprint Coffee; Delmar photo by Jonathan Gayman

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Blueprint Coffee is coming to The Loop, as reported by the Riverfront Times’ Ian Froeb recently. And it’s the names behind the caffeinated project that are jolting local coffee nerds.

Blueprint, to be located at 6225 Delmar Blvd. (between recently opened Chubbies and Thai Country Cafe), is a six-partner venture by Mike Marquard (pictured), Kevin Reddy, Andrew Timko, Norah Brady, Mazi Razani and Brian Levine. Marquard is the coffee director and GM at Half & Half. He was among Sauce’s Ones to Watch class of 2011, having made coffee waves in 2009 and 2010 at the U.S. Barista Championship. As Froeb noted, Blueprint’s ownership group has numerous ties to Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Co. Marquard rose within the company to become education and customer service leader; Reddy is a retail manager for Kaldi’s; Timko is a former Kaldi’s roaster; and Brady and Razani are both baristas at Kaldi’s and Kaldi’s-owned Kayak’s.

Blueprint Coffee will be both a roasting company and a place to grab a cuppa. “We will serve Blueprint Coffee, but we plan to have a guest coffee available at all times,” said Marquard. He added that the focus at Blueprint will be on “the ingredients we use and good preparation,” showing coffee drinkers that “execution, attention to detail” are “what make coffee great.”

Construction is slated to begin by Monday, according to Marquard, and is expected to take 60 to 90 days. The revamped space will seat 25, divided between a coffee bar and high-top tables and chairs. “It will be more focused toward the coffee commuter,” said Marquard. “We won’t have soft seating.” Blueprint will have a kitchen, but the food offerings are to be determined, as are the cafe’s hours. When Blueprint opens (The target date is June 1.), Marquard will remain Half & Half’s coffee director but not its general manager.

Meanwhile, next door to Blueprint Coffee, the restaurant owners at Mission Taco Joint are at it again. Brothers Adam and Jason Tilford are relocating their Clayton pub Barrister’s from its spot at 15 N. Meramec Ave., to 7923 Forsyth Blvd., next door to incoming The Libertine, as reported by St. Louis Magazine’s George Mahe. Look for Barrister’s to open in its new digs in early April; doors will remain open on Meramec Avenue through the end of this month.

Finally, The Scoop caught up with Mike Randolph, owner of The Good Pie. Randolph’s Neopolitan pizzeria was originally expected to open in the space next to Ginger Bistro in early summer. Randolph’s update on the timeline is that doors will be unlocked as early as July and no later than the end of August.

— photo by Carmen Troesser

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