Java Heats Up Downtown

Not to be outdone by the recent Saugatuck Center redevelopment, downtown is perking up too.

Freshii — offering healthy salads, wraps, burritos and rice bowls — just opened next to Starbucks, in the Parker Harding lot.

And Starbucks itself will soon face competition. Java Coffee & Cafe — offering the “highest quality, custom roasted free trade and/or certified organic” joe;  all-natural loose leaf teas and tisanes; a breakfast menu (with 9 varieties of muffins!) and lunches like salads — is taking shape on Church Lane.

Java Coffee & Cafe (Photo/PJ Vellotti)

Java Coffee & Cafe (Photo/JP Vellotti)

The same crew that turned the nearby dilapidated Sherwood house into the handsome Spotted Horse restaurant has transformed the drab-looking Wild Pear restaurant (and before that, Chef’s Table).

Gone are the front steps, and narrow entry. Plentiful windows promise people-watching, which has made Spotted Horse so popular. The entire facade is warm, inviting — and fits so handsomely with the rest of the street.

Java’s motto is “Wake Up and Live.” When it opens soon, it will wake up its own little corner of downtown.

8 responses to “Java Heats Up Downtown

  1. And don’t forget about M3Yoga, the new yoga studio around the corner! So you can stop by Java for your m

  2. And don’t forget about M3Yoga, the new yoga studio around the corner. So you can grab your Joe at Java, take a yoga class at M3, then head to Freshii for lunch! Wow, welcome to downtown Westport!

  3. Very nice.

  4. Not to be a buzzkill, will it stay in business?

    • That is a buzz kill! Who doesn’t want a cool vibe, good coffee, and food in downtown Westport?

  5. robert fatherley

    Amazing to have watched this restoration….kudoes to all those involved in saving another beautiful historic site….Julie Fatherley

  6. This yet another excellent example of repurposing a historic structure for a new use. Like the Sherwood Mansion (Spotted Horse) and the Kemper-Gunn house, this was once somebody’s residence and now, with a little finesse, I’m sure it will be a successful location for Java . As an aside, the period appropriate wood roof is a really nice gesture. Church Lane has got it going on. Well done!

  7. Can’t wait to hang with my friends and drink coffee at a much needed coffee shop.