RICHMOND, Va. — A local coffee brewer is preparing its second area location in the same order it brews its coffee: Roast first, serve second.
Black Hand Coffee Co. is already roasting at its almost-open location at 15 E. Brookland Park Blvd. Owner Clay Gilbert said the location’s on track to open to customers in mid-April.
The 1,500-square-foot space will be called Black Hand Cafe Nostra, which translates to “our café” in Italian. Black Hand’s original location at 3101 Patterson Ave. will continue operation.
The 1950s-era building is an Art Deco-style garage.
The renovated space will have 1,000 square feet dedicated to roasting, and the remainder will house a café with eight to 12 seats.
Outside, Black Hand is building a fenced-in patio facing Brookland Park Boulevard and an adjacent parking lot, where it will host food trucks and events, Gilbert said.