ASTORIA — An Astoria couple who made a local name for themselves by launching a coffee bean delivery service last year will soon open a brick-and-mortar shop.
Dennis Lee and Liz Wick of Astoria Coffee announced this week that they've secured a space for their future coffee shop at 30-04 30th St., just off 30th Avenue, the blog We Heart Astoria first reported.
"The shop has always been the main thing, so it's great to finally find a spot," Lee said.
Astoria Coffee began last year when the couple started dropping off free samples of coffee beans — which hail from an artisan roaster called Brioso Coffee in their native Ohio — to residents in neighborhood.
But the plan had always been to open their own coffee shop, though Lee said the last year has given them a chance to get to know their future customers.
"It's been great to have some time to build our wholesale and our brand a little," he said.
The coffee shop, to be called Astoria Coffee, will serve such things as sandwiches, baked goods, loose-leaf teas and rotating menu of coffees from different roasters, Lee said.
They are hoping to have the space ready to open sometime in June.