La La Land Kind Cafe, a ridiculously charming coffee shop and cafe that hails from Dallas, has officially set its sights on Houston.
Permits filed with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation indicate that construction is set to begin on La La Land Kind Cafe’s first Houston outpost at 600 North Shepherd Drive, inside the M-K-T Building, later this fall. The cafe will occupy 2,072 square feet, bringing a broad menu of coffee and tea drinks plus an important mission to Houston.
The shop, which describes itself as “in the business of kindness,” is distinct in that it focuses on hiring adults who have aged out of foster care. After organizing a nonprofit to help foster teens who’ve aged out of the system, owner Francois Reihani realized that it was incredibly difficult for the kids he was working with to find employment. “Our youth could not get or maintain jobs, and without a job everything else would crumble,” a post to the shop’s website reads. “Employers were not willing to hire youth with no experience, or did not have the patience to teach them. If no one was going to hire our youth, we set out to do it ourselves.”
In a recent interview, Reihani told the Dallas Morning News that he was looking to expand La La Land Cafe in a major way, with additional locations planned in Texas and beyond. The original outpost debuted in Dallas in 2019, and a second location just opened in the city’s Oak Lawn neighborhood on July 27. It’s also possible that Reihani already has multiple Houston outposts of La La Land Kind Cafe in the works. In early June, Reihani registered a limited liability corporation in the name of “La La Land TX 888 Westheimer LLC,” which could indicate plans to open in the forthcoming Montrose Collective development at — you guessed it! — 888 Westheimer Road.
As far as the coffee is concerned, expect creative lattes in flavors like French toast, lavender-vanilla, and creme brulee. The Dallas shop also boasts a lengthy menu of matcha drinks, including a “flat green,” and cappucinos and cortados made with the bright green tea powder. La La Land Kind Cafe also serves pastries, toasts topped with avocado or honey and strawberries, and other light breakfast options.
Construction on the Heights location of La La Land Kind Cafe is expected to be completed in early 2021. Stay tuned for more details on its arrival.