An Algiers Point coffee roasting firm that has developed a following among some top New Orleans restaurants is planning to open its second café, this time in the Central Business District.
Interior renovation work is now underway, and Congregation co-owner Eliot Gutherie expects the new venue to open in June.
The café will have a small menu of sandwiches, salads and breakfast items, but coffee will be the focus.
It will be similar to Congregation’s first café in Algiers Point, though Gutherie said part of the appeal of this downtown location is putting the brand near more of the restaurants it serves.
“The hope is that this gets us in front of more people who may have had our coffee before in restaurants, but don’t necessarily know who we are yet,” he said.
Gutherie and business partner Ian Barrilleaux started Congregation Coffee in 2015. Both worked at the meat market and eatery Butcher at the time, and each came to the venture with a culinary background.
“When we started, the question we kept asking was why is it hard to find a cup of coffee in a restaurant that mirrors the quality of the food?” said Gutherie.
They’re since developed a restaurant client list that ranges widely from Brennan’s and Herbsaint to Molly’s Rise and Shine and Marjie’s Grill.
Congregation Coffee Roasters is named for the term for a group of alligators, and the names of its blends — High Walk, Low Walk and Gallop — come from the terms for an alligator’s various gaits.
They opened their Algiers Point café in 2017.
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