New coffee shop and cafe planned for Clairmont Road.
Victor Ramirez, a native of the Dominican Republic, plans to open a new coffee shop and cafe in the former Sobban on Clairmont Road. The building was originally constructed in 1969 and operated as an Arby's for many years. Later in its life, "Athens Pizza Express" operated from the property and was the pizza of choice for my family during my childhood. Athens Pizza closed in 2010 and was replaced by "Kitsch'n 155" in 2011. Kitsch'n 155 closed in 2013 after which Sobban Korean Southern Diner opened, became popular, but closed at the end of last year.
The new shop, Golden Drops Café American & Latin Coffee bar is slated to open mid-to-late next month and will be open seven days a week.
Ramirez plans to offer specialty coffee from various countries in central and south America as well as Mexico and the Caribbean. The shop will feature assorted coffee options such as Café con leche, a popular spanish coffee drink. The cafe will also offer "quality fast food" from the same countries represented by the coffee as well as beer and wine options.
Alejandro Mendez, 2011 World Barista Champion, is scheduled to make an appearance at the cafe's grand opening. Golden Drops will feature coffee from 4 Monkeys Coffee Roasters, Mendez's El Salvador-based coffee company. Additionally, Ramirez plans to offer a curated selection of pre-bagged coffee for sale to customers who wish to make their own at home.
Ramirez also plans to install a screen on the interior side wall of the building where he plans to show culturally relevant musical performances.
Tentative hours for Golden Drops are 8am-10pm weekdays, and 9am-11pm on weekends.
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