On Saturday's episode of local radio show Southbound Food, Blacksmith Coffee Shop co-owner David Buehrer and consulting chef Erin Smith spoke to hosts Lance Zierlein, Danny Vara and Reef chef Bryan Caswell about some of their plans for the coffee shop and cafe. Buerher explained that he and Anvil co-owner Bobby Heugel had been scouting locations in Montrose for several years and had always considered Blacksmith's spot, which previously housed iconic gay bar Mary's, to be the "ultimate location for a coffeeshop." When it became available last year, they jumped on it.
Smith explained that the menu will be designed to maximize the shop's small kitchen and will include a lot of Houston's ethnic diversity. She said they "want the food to compliment the coffee." Buehrer added that "The kitchen gives us access to a new area where we can do pairings and make specific things that compliment a specific coffee."
As for the structure, there will be three sections: a grab and go area, a seated cafe and the 10-12 seat "enthusiast bar" with a rotating selection of coffees and paired items.
Currently, they're targeting an opening by the first of the year.
Hear the whole interview below, starting at about the 19 minute mark: