Pablo's Coffee celebrated its twentieth anniversary this year, and although we chatted with owner Craig Conner about this momentous occasion, he didn't peep a word about the new outlet he had in the works. Until now, that is.
The building Conner is closing on come December 6 is at 3045 South Broadway in Englewood. The style will follow the laid-back, artsy and unpretentious vibe of his other two Denver shops, and will feature all of the aspects that have made Pablo's such a hit. That includes a staff of expertly trained baristas and plenty of lattes, cappuccinos, espresso shots and steaming cups of coffee made with Pablo's small-batch, house-roasted beans.
"The third shop is a great way for us to spread out a little and use the infrastructure in play with the other two stores," says Conner. "As I look around the coffee landscape, it seems like a roaster retailer can keep their culture vital with three stores; much more than that, it seems to turn into too many bosses and district mangers and stuff."
The main difference is the municipality, and Conner says once he secures the location, he and his team will start learning the ins and outs of Englewood.
"We have been looking for a good spot for a shop over the last year and a half or so, and when we saw the cute storefront on Broadway, we felt like the neighborhood around it would enjoy what we do," says Conner. "There are a couple of espresso bars in Englewood, but not too many, as compared to the wealth of great new coffee places that are scratching the coffee itch in central Denver."
Right now the projected opening of Pablo's number three (or four, if you count the long-shuttered original location in the Denver Performing Arts Complex) is mid-summer of 2016. Until then, you can get plenty of Danger Monkey at the Sixth Avenue and Pennsylvania Street locations.