Nashville-born Elegy Coffee is opening more eyes to specialty coffee throughout the city, with two new neighborhood bars opening almost simultaneously.
Boasting the brand’s signature eye logo and a focus on clean, minimalist design, the new locations in Germantown and downtown Nashville follow Elegy’s original East Nashville location that opened in 2020.
Co-Owners Andrew Cook, Patrick Hayes, Bryan Rushton and Lindsay Rushton came to coffee after finding success in their first combined venture, The Fox Bar & Cocktail Club.
“Coffee always felt like the next logical step for us,” Elegy Director of Operations Chris Reddy recently told Daily Coffee News. “We wanted to apply the same level of care and attention to detail that we had used on the Fox Bar to a coffee brand and felt like we could create something people would connect with.”
In a kiosk that was briefly occupied by Seattle-based brand Anchorhead Coffee, the new downtown location more closely resembles the original Elegy bar due to its focus on quick service and to-go orders.
The small outlet reflects Elegy’s neutral colors with a black bar and matte black accents surrounded by natural wood tones and plant life.
“We anticipated opening Germantown up, but once we got wind of an opportunity to take over a space Anchorhead was previously using in downtown Nashville, it wasn’t something we could really turn away,” Reddy said.
The new Elegy Germantown, meanwhile, occupies just under 1,000 square feet, with high ceilings, comfortable booths, tables and chairs providing an atmosphere more conducive to lingering and socializing. The shop opened within a week of the downtown location.
Elegy Germantown’s 3-group Mavam Mach 3 is supported by Nuova Simonelli Mythos grinders.
“The great thing about each location is that somebody who lives downtown wouldn’t be going east to get their morning coffee, or to Germantown and vice versa,” said Reddy. “If we have the chance to hit different groups of coffee lovers, then why not.”
Each shop has a slightly different food menu, with options such as biscuit sandwiches, breakfast burritos or fresh-made pastries.
Each of the shops also offers core blends and single-origin coffees in Elegy-branded packaging that are roasted through an ongoing partnership with Anchorhead.
“Coffee is an integral part of my day, every single day,” Reddy said. “There are few things as inspiring and motivating for me personally as starting one’s day with a great cup of coffee. Being able to provide that for people is really rewarding.”
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