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San Antonio-Based Coffee Shop Expands Quickly With Third Cafe in the Triangle

Shakira invests in an Austin coffee company, plus more news

Merit Coffee’s Triangle location
Merit Coffee’s Triangle location
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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

New Triangle Coffee Shop
San Antonio-based shop Merit Coffee (née Local Coffee) quickly opened its third Austin cafe over the weekend. It’s found at 4615 North Lamar Boulevard, Suite 303A, within the Triangle. The menu and design is similar to the other locations: coffee and espresso drinks, plus pastries from Bakery Lorraine. The cafe, which took over the former Vitamin Shoppe, made its debut on Saturday, July 13. Its hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Celebrity Coffee Investor
Austin canned coffee company High Brew added a new celebrity investor: Shakira. She joins other investors like rock band Kings of Leon, Lance Armstrong, and pop singer Halsey.

Female Culinary Education Scholarships
The Austin chapter of Les Dames D’Escoffier, the nonprofit focused on supporting women in the food, beverage, and hospitality worlds, is now accepting applications for two scholarships. One is one is to help further education for those currently in culinary school, and the other is to help further education for working professionals. The deadline is Thursday, August 29.

Austin Barbecue Cover
Austin’s La Barbecue nabbed the cover of Garden & Gun’s barbecue issue. LeAnn Mueller’s barbecue joint was also included in the publication’s list of the best new Southern barbecue restaurants.

la Barbecue

2401 East Cesar Chavez Street, , TX 78702 Visit Website

Merit Coffee

4228 Oak Lawn Avenue, , TX 75219 (469) 759-6221 Visit Website