|Image posted to the official Copper Coin Facebook page|
Coffee shop abruptly shuttered today.
Copper Coin, the beer, wine, coffee and more cafe that opened in TOWN Brookhaven in late 2015, confirmed today it has closed. The cafe posted the following statement to their official Facebook page earlier this afternoon:
"It's a sad moment for us to announce that we will no longer be open. It's been a fun run and we thank you all for your loyalty and business. We hope everyone will come visit us at our Woodstock location the next time you are in the area."
Copper Coin replaced Baci by Cafe at Pharr which was the latest iteration of a concept that was among the first wave of restaurants to open in the development in 2012.
The opening of Copper Coin at TOWN Brookhaven marked the return of a coffee shop to the center following the 2013 closure of The Cup, a cupcake and coffee shop. (Publix operates a Starbucks-esque coffee shop within its TOWN Brookhaven store.)
The phone at the Woodstock Copper Coin is disconnected, so I was unable to obtain any comment on why the shop closed so abruptly. Many TOWN Brookhaven residents were left scratching their heads with some indicating that even the landlord was unaware of the closure.
One clue is a GoFundMe campaign page that I first mentioned in 2015 which was created in 2014 by Copper Coin owner Mike Gullicksen. It is still active, but reflects that only $400 of a targeted $75,000 goal has been raised. The funds were to be used for "location 2 expansion."
The following message was posted to the Copper Coin Brookhaven page February 15th:
"Copper Coin Brookhaven is hiring Baristas. At Copper Coin we're all about community and providing top notch products and service to our guests. If you are a passionate, self-motivated, and team oriented individual seeking the opportunity to be involved with a 6 year old and growing company with opportunity for advancement, high level training with one of the top coffee roasters in the country, and the ability to work with a team that is more like a family, then we may be interested in you!"
If a business was planning to close in third week of March, why promote employment opportunities in mid-February?
Around the same time as Copper Coin opened in Brookhaven, they "took over operations" of another coffee shop, Cupbearer Coffee & Tea Outfitters in Vickery Village in Cumming. I have been unable to determine an exact date, but that location also closed, perhaps as recently as this past January, reopening a few weeks ago as Nido Cafe.
Back in TOWN Brookhaven, the center was finally seeing progress in leasing shuttered and vacant restaurant space.
Ohio based PizzaFire, a quick-serve build-your-own pizza concept, signed a lease to open in the space previously occupied by another quick-serve pizza restaurant, treza. Treza was the original occupant of the 3,000 square foot space and opened in late 2011, but was closed by early 2014.
Popular Midtown pub & eatery HOBNOB signed a lease to take over the former SMASH Kitchen & Bar space, while Jefe's Tacos & Tequilas opened last year in the former Noche Tequila & Tapas bar.
Other recent additions to the center include Tropical Smoothie Cafe and Tin Can Oyster Bar. The short-lived Bonehead's space remains vacant.
Are you surprised by the closure of Copper Coin at TOWN Brookhaven? What would you like to see open in place of Copper Coin in TOWN Brookhaven? Are you pleased with the recent and upcoming restaurant additions at TOWN Brookhaven?
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