Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Center City's coffee capital

The blocks of Washington Square West south of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital just may be the most caffeinated swath of real estate in the city.

Center City's coffee capital


The blocks of Washington Square West south of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital just may be the most caffeinated swath of real estate in the city.

Last week brought the info that Saxbys was opening a cafe this summer on the southwest corner of 11th and Locust Streets.

Now know that Bodhi Coffee, the popular nook across from Head House Square in Society Hill, is a day from opening on 10th Street just north of Spruce, where Mocha Cafe was (263 S. 10th St.).

Co-Owner Tom Henneman - partners with Bobby Logue - says they will be open daily from 7 to 7 and will brew Elixr and Stumptown and will offer sandwiches and panini. There's a large patio out back, too. Logue built he joint, as he did the original Bodhi and Federal Donuts shop. (Henneman owns a piece of FedNuts, and he, Logue and Evan Inatome are partners in Elixr coffee roasting.)

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Bodhi has stiff competition. Within two blocks or so, you have the big chains at 12th and Walnut - Starbucks and Cosi. There are Cafe Twelve at 212 S. 12th St., Toast at 12th and Spruce, Garces Trading Co. at 1111 Locust St., Cake and the Beanstalk at 1112 Locust St.., the future Saxbys at 11th and Locust Sts., GreenStreet at 11th and Spruce Sts., and the future Roti at 248 S. 11th St. A commenter also points out Lancaster's Square One Coffee, opening in late May at the John C. Anderson Apartments, an LGBT-friendly senior complex at 249-257 S. 13th St.

Not far from there are the Last Drop at 13th and Pine (one of the older guys), Good Karma at 928 Pine, Milkboy at 11th and Chestnut, Town Hall at 834 Chestnut, Di Bruno's at Ninth and Sansom, and Talula's Daily on Washington Square - plus a bunch of chains including Starbucks at 10th and Chestnut and Eighth and Walnut and Le Pain Quotidien at Eighth and Walnut.
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