It's looking like 2015 could be the year that downtown Miami starts bringing in the sort of high-end food and beverage businesses that it deserves. Daily Coffee News reports that the co-owner of Fort Lauderdale's Tap 42, Blaise McMackin, has partnered with Scott Ojeda, and is working on a new coffee project called Warsaw Coffee, a 3,800-square foot space in downtown Miami featuring a full coffee bar with standard drinks like lattes and cappuccinos, as well as specialty pour-over and Chemex brews, a from-scratch pastry kitchen, and a coffee roasting operation. Outside, the space will feature a 200-foot long drive-thru, allowing for up to 11 cars to wait comfortably for their orders.
As Warsaw opens and gets its roasting operation up and running, it'll be working closely with Fort Lauderdale's Argyle Coffee Roasters for custom in-house roasts. Plans for the future include featured roasts from around the country, as well as monthly cuppings and tastings. In addition to specialty brews, the Warsaw owners have plans to offer monthly pastry classes for an as-of-yet unnamed pastry chef, though one they say comes "with a high-profile resume out of Miami."
The space is currently under construction at 815 NE 13th St. in downtown. In an interview yesterday with the Broward Palm Beach New Times, McMackin and Ojeda said they are "most excited about the building's flex office space, rooms that can be rented by the hour or day by individuals or businesses looking to host meetings, presentations, staff trainings, and more." That and the fax machines, printers, and other office supplies will be available to customers.
With an opening scheduled for February 2015, Warsaw is now hiring for all positions. Interested applicants can send resumés to firstname.lastname@example.org. Along with Whole Foods, Warsaw could be a huge game changer for the food and beverage scene downtown.