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Longtime Montrose Coffee Shop Inversion Permanently Closes Its Doors

The shop’s space on Montrose Boulevard has officially been cleared out

a window-heavy coffee shop with people sitting at counters
Inversion Coffee
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Inversion, the longtime Montrose coffee shop known for its artsy vibe, creative coffees, and sense of community, has closed for good.

According to a tipster, the coffee shop’s last day was March 26. A visit to the cafe, at 1953 Montrose Boulevard, confirmed that the coffee shop had been cleared out. Art League Houston, which owns the building where Inversion was located and which has offices next door, said the split was amicable — Inversion’s lease expires on May 1, and they opted to close early and not renew.

“We are working on something new and exciting (for the space) which we hope to be able to share in the next few days,” a representative for Art League Houston told Eater.

an empty coffee shop cleared of tables, chairs and customers
Inversion Coffee completely cleared out, as seen through the windows.
Brittanie Shey

Inversion opened 2005, joining Brasil and Agora as one of a few coffee shops in the Montrose, which would later become home to Southside Espresso, Black Hole Coffee, Mercantile, Fix, Siphon and more. The cafe was named after a traffic-stopping work of art installed on Montrose Avenue six month earlier. Local artists Dan Havel and Dean Ruck converted two condemned bungalows into a vortex-like art structure that barely looked real. Inversion would later host local artwork in its gallery-like space.

The shutdown is the latest to hit Montrose, which has seen several of its restaurants and other establishments close over the past year, including Acadian Bakery, Indika, Dolce Vida, Black Lab, Penny Quarter, Guava Lamp, Disco Kroger and the entire complex housing the Spec’s outlet and 369 Oriental Bistro, which as of this week had been reduced to a pile of rubble.