All-hours cafe Bennu Coffee will expand with a second location in May, when it takes over Dominican Joe Coffee Shop at South Congress and Riverside. Bennu owners Stephanie Hogue and Steve Williams will own the space on Monday, May 1, and expect to reopen shortly thereafter.
Update, May 9: The South Congress Bennu Coffee opens on Friday, May 12, starting at 7 a.m.
The southern rendition of Bennu will be open 24 hours, 365 days a year just like its original East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard location. The similarities will not stop there, either. Expect the same beloved drinkable offerings, such as the iced Bennu, the mocha menu, cold brew coffee, individual French presses, loose leaf teas, and more.
In a nod to its predecessor, Bennu will add the Dominican Joe Honey Cream Latte to both locations. Customers will also be able to continue to get the specific beans Dominican Joe served, Makarios. It’s from the Austin-based nonprofit dedicated to educational and economic development in the Dominican Republic.
“We feel like [Dominican Joe is] already so similar to current Bennu, and their values align with ours so well, it is just an easy and natural fit,” said Stephanie. “We really do have the utmost respect for what Dominican Joe has done in that space for the last ten years and definitely want to honor that.”
The duo is also hoping to offer a comparable grab-and-go selection at the new location. The potential selections could include slices from Hoboken Pie, tacos from Taco-Mex, The Stroop Club, sandwiches from Fricano's Deli, vegan pastries from Skull & Cakebones, and others.
Once open, Bennu will join the rest of South Congress’ coffee peddlers, including Jo's Coffee, Mañana Coffee, Toms Austin, and Apanas Coffee & Beer.
Dominican Joe opened in 2006 as a partnership between local entrepreneur Mehul Patel and founder of Makarios, Sharla Megilligan.