Lucky Goat opens new location near FAMU, prepares for Jacksonville store
体育在线365 — the largest locally owned roasting company in Tallahassee — is growing its business empire with a fifth location and has plans for franchising.
体育在线365The new location opened Thursday at 1210 S. Adams St.
It's across from the Happy Motoring! lounge and walking distance from Florida A&M University. The space was formerly occupied by Catalina Cafe, which operated its roastery there until November.
At 2,400 square feet, the new space is the largest of the company's sites: Capital Circle Northeast, North Monroe Street, Village Square Boulevard and Bannerman Road.
The new store is wrapped in display windows overlooking Adams Street. The decor inside is an aesthetic fusion of modern and industrial furnishings and fixtures.
体育在线365Owner Ben Pautsch said the entire building was reconfigured to be a hybrid cafe that could also house its marketing and training, an essential operation as the company looks to expand beyond the capital city.
体育在线365The new cafe is the latest addition to the growing Lucky Goat operation.
体育在线365In October, Lucky Goat planted its caffeinated flag at Bannerman Crossing after RedEye Coffee bowed out of the shopping center after three years.
体育在线365In 2016, Lucky Goat opened its North Monroe location near Liberty Bar after receiving high demand from customers who wanted something closer to Midtown.
体育在线365The company now has 80 employees and about a dozen work at each location. Pautsch said he's hoping to open a Jacksonville location in April.
体育在线365"We want to try and see if it's possible to grow the brand outside of Tallahassee," he said. "We already have distribution in Jacksonville, so we are going to fill it in with retail."
Correction: Catalina Café operated its roastery at 1210 S. Adams St. from late 2018 through November. An earlier version of this article said otherwise.
Curious about the name?
Legend has it Ethiopian goat herder Kaldi witnessed behavioral changes in his goats.
They were "dancing with delight" after eating mysterious red berries from what many believe to be a coffee tree in the Ethiopian Highlands, said Lucky Goat Coffee owner Ben Pautsch, in a previous article for the Tallahassee Democrat.
Hence the name, "Lucky Goat."
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