• Coffee News

    Blue Bayou Coffee Co. opens on Gulf Beach Highway in Pensacola

    What do you get when you pull culinary elements from Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Orleans and Pensacola, and you roll it all in some pretty blue branding?  You get Pensacola’s newest restaurant, the Blue Bayou Coffee Co.  Blue Bayou officially opened Wednesday as a family-owned, breakfast and lunch takeout restaurant that doubles as a coffee shop. The building is located at an aptly blue-painted former convenience store at 8701 Gulf Beach Highway, just north of the National Naval Aviation Museum.  A true family business, Blue Bayou is run by Bob and Karen Smith, along with their adult children, Dalton and Kristin  

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  • Coffee Recipe

    ‘A leap of faith:’ Apopka coffee shop opens during pandemic serving up family recipes

    APOPKA, Fla. – Danielle Bjork is pouring love and family history into her Apopka coffee shop. She said she took a leap of faith after opening her business during the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Brewing a dream Bjork said she has always had a strong connection to coffee after her grandmother introduced her to the caffeinated beverage when she was six years old. “She’s drank coffee my whole life. I’ve never not seen her with a cup of coffee,” Bjork said. Bjork said coffee and desserts were two staples at any family event. She recalls everyone racing to get  

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  • Vegetarian

    Feature: Syrian woman opens 1st vegetarian restaurant in hometown – Xinhua

    Ahlam Sarai, a 54-year-old Syrian woman, cooks vegetarian food at her restaurant in Sweida, Syria, on June 20, 2021. (Photo by Ammar Safarjalani/Xinhua) by Hummam Sheikh Ali SWEIDA, Syria, July 20 (Xinhua) — Ahlam Sarai, a 54-year-old Syrian woman, finally realized her dream of opening the first vegetarian restaurant in her hometown Sweida. Sarai’s dream began more than 11 years ago, when she was inspired by her two children to become a vegetarian and tried to cook appealing food without meat or other animal products. The alternatives she resorted to included seitan, wheat gluten, soy protein and soy chunks that  

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  • Coffee News

    Japan-Based % Arabica Opens First US Roastery and Coffee Shop in BrooklynDaily Coffee News by Roast Magazine

    The new % Arabica coffee shop in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood. All images courtesy of % Arabica. Kyoto, Japan-based specialty coffee chain % Arabica has opened its first roastery and retail location in the United States, in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Officially opened on June 11, the New York outpost is the brand’s 87th retail shop to date, adding to company-operated and franchise locations in 16 countries throughout Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Inside the % Arabica New York shop in Brooklyn. Core coffee offerings at all locations are consistent  

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  • Trending Food

    Nourse Farm in Westboro opens Veg Out food truck for second season

    Barbara M. Houle The Veg Out Food Trailer at Nourse Farm in Westboro is open for its second season, providing a take-out menu that’s filled with made-from-scratch salads, soups, sandwiches, smoothies and snacks that utilize the fresh, healthy food grown on the 140-acre family-owned farm. Veg Out founder Catherine Nourse said the food trailer parked next to the Farm Store served its first customers in May, getting off to an early start with the asparagus harvest. The farm’s newest vegetable was an instant hit, especially at the food trailer where it was transformed into Age of Asparagus Soup, said Nourse. 

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  • Healthy Food

    Fast-growing healthy food franchise opens 12th NYC location

    Fast-growing acai and smoothie bowl franchise Baya Bar is set to open its 12th New York location at the base of the new condo at the corner of Fifth Avenue in Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn. Founded in 2016 by former Brooklyn-born finance executive Bill Loesch, Baya Bar has big plans for national expansion. After a successful start in New Jersey, Louisiana, and New York, Loesch has decided that acai and smoothie bowl restaurant franchise opportunities can move the concept national. “My vision is to see this brand across the nation, to help people be aware of what they are putting in  

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  • Coffee Recipe

    Coffee Apothecary Opens Its Doors In Bettendorf

    Crust Stone Oven Pizza in Bettendorf closed its doors in December of last year due to the negative effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had on businesses. 6 months later, a new local coffee shop has opened its doors in a part of the old Crust building. The new name of the coffee shop is Coffee Apothecary. The new pizza place opening next to it so far is unknown. I had the chance to go and visit Coffee Apothecary the day after it opened. I spoke with owner Lindsey Schmidt about her new venture. She’s a first-time business owner who absolutely  

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