The Art District on Santa Fe just got a little artier. The Molecule Effect, a coffee and wine bar owned by partners Megyn Rodgers and Mark Landman, is now open at the corner of West 12th Avenue and Santa Fe Drive, featuring local art on the walls, early morning coffee service starting at 6 a.m. on weekdays, a short list of beer and wine, and a variety of hot and cold sandwiches, panini and other cafe nibbles.
Landman says the inspiration for The Molecule Effect name came from the results of drinking coffee and wine, as well as from the chemistry between people. "Megyn and I both love coffee and wine," he explains. "We have to have our coffee first thing in the morning -- that's the caffeine molecule's effect on us.
"If we drink a little too much wine," he adds, "that's the (alcohol) molecule's effect. We also wanted to create a place that encourages chemistry between customers."
To that end, Rodgers and Landman built the space with meetings and interactions in mind. Today they are as often in the comfy dining room meeting new customers as they are behind the bar, serving Kaladi Brothers coffee, Renegade beer and Happy Leaf kombucha on tap, or wine by the glass. Board games and a Sunday game day also encourage interaction and conversation, which Landman says he prefers over a room full of laptop users.
Breakfast sandwiches and panini come courtesy of Share Good Foods, a local company specializing in cafe-style eats. Molecule also offers also oatmeal and a berry parfait for breakfast, a prosciutto and cheese plate and an assortment of baked goods. Also on tap is a pre-mixed sweet and creamy coffee drink that can be served on ice or spiked with brandy.
The Molecule Effect is open weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Keep reading for a closer look.
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