The owners of Café + Velo have announced they are officially opening the week of September 19, providing additional information about the new concept in the Old Fourth Ward and promising an additional location on the Beltline next year.
The space is the work of Jeff Demetriou, an Atlanta artist and cyclist, and Benjamin Boisson, a French import and owner of Atlanta Beltline Bikes. They describe a unique, affordable concept that caters to pedestrians, bikers and Beltline neighborhood folks, according to a news release.
“For the past few years it has seemed like almost every new place that opens up has a concept, price-point, and/or atmosphere crafted to cater to demographics and/or interests that are not reflective of the Intown neighborhoods and communities to whom they serve,” Demetriou said in the news release. “We wanted to do something creative, but still contextual, accessible, and hopefully affordable for our friends and neighbors who just want a fun and unpretentious local spot where they can come and connect with each other.”
Café + Velo will have coffee from Octane Coffee, fresh-baked French baked goods, and homemade breakfast and lunch offerings. It will also offer bike parts and bike rentals, croquet and morning yoga, as well as an outdoor patio and covered rooftop deck.
The new café will open in a 1930s former industrial building at 381 Edgewood Avenue SE. The space itself will contain vintage metal chairs, antique bikes, white oak tables, and something known as the ‘Wall of All.’ The wall will have a picture gallery wall dedicated to a who’s who of famous cyclists, civil rights leaders, artists, poets, thinkers and activists, the news release says.
Demetriou and Boisson are also working on a similar concept slated to open early next year on the Eastside Beltline trail that will include a bar and a full scale bike shop.
Café + Velo will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit their website.