By Kathy Chouteau
Tucked away in the Santa Fe neighborhood, a new little oasis has taken root — and it comes complete with an ample supply of caffeine, culture, croissants and warm hospitality.
R&R Coffee’s recent “Meet & Greet” at its new location at Bridge Storage and ArtSpace, 23 Maine Ave., offered The Rich Life an opportunity to check out this Richmond refuge—and it didn’t disappoint.
The event included a taste of what’s to come when the coffee kiosk officially opens to the public for business on Friday, Sept 21. Visitors were treated to samples of R&R Coffee’s croissant sandwiches, donuts, café drinks and a peek at its unique and inviting space featuring ample tables, serene sitting areas, beautiful greenery and a cornucopia of artwork from Bridge’s bustling artist community.
“The owner Jeff [Wright] is a really good man and the space is just beautiful,” said Phillip Mitchell, R&R Coffee’s owner and operator on his reason for setting up shop at Bridge. “There are all kinds of artists and great folks here and I just want to be a part of what they’re doing.”
So what will R&R Coffee be serving once it officially opens up? “We’re going to have coffee, fresh pastries, breakfast sandwiches, juice, and from time-to-time, we’ll have different wines from local vendors,” said Mitchell.
The hours of operation will be Wednesday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“As we build foot traffic, we’ll adjust our hours to what our guests would like,” added Mitchell.
Mitchell, who has worked in restaurant management his whole career, previously had a short-term lease at The Shops at Hilltop before deciding to relocate to Bridge. During R&R Coffee’s time at Hilltop, it hosted literacy, chess and backpack giveaway events.
Mitchell plans to continue his altruistic efforts when his coffee kiosk opens at Bridge. “We’re really community involved,” he said.
R&R Coffee will be hosting an “R&R Kids’ Club” from 4-6 p.m. on several Monday afternoons this fall — Sept. 24, Oct. 8, 15, 22 & 29 — during which kids will receive a free meal (dinner entrée, side and dessert) and a book, courtesy of The Multicultural Children’s Bookstore.
“We want to do our part to make sure somebody’s child’s is not going hungry on a Monday night. We want to enrich their stomachs and enrich their brains, too,” said Mitchell.
Mitchell plans to use one of the Bridge spaces to offer Zumba classes as well.
“We’re invested in Richmond and we want to make this something more than just a coffee kiosk. This this is a gem. And we want showcase that people out here are caring and loving. We want to see folks do something different with their lives — whether it’s artistically or coming to get a meal out here — Come out and hang out with us,” said Mitchell.
While R&R Coffee is working to set up its website, stay updated on its happenings via Instagram at @coffee.rr and on Facebook.