CEO Q&A: Nick Bayer of Saxbys Coffee

Nick Bayer, CEO of Saxbys Coffee. (Photo by Jared Shelly.)

Nick Bayer, CEO of Saxbys Coffee. (Photo by Jared Shelly.)

Nick Bayer isn’t a coffee geek. In fact, he didn’t even drink coffee until he got the chance to invest in a Denver coffee shop in 2005. With that — and a maxed out credit card — Saxbys Coffee was born. Since then, it’s been a roller coaster ride that’s seen Bayer change business partners and funders, but one thing is clear today: Saxbys is thriving.

The company recently moved its offices in Delaware County to a 10,000 square foot space in Center City — complete with exposed brick, glass walls and a fully stocked coffee bar. It’s also expanding its number of cafes, with 13 in the Greater Philadelphia area, including new spaces in Center City and Ambler. Read more »

Saxbys Giving Away Free Iced Coffee

saxbys visit phillySaxbys Coffee and Visit Philly are teaming up to give Philadelphians and tourists alike a free iced coffee every Friday in August (and what do you know? Today is August). The promotion is happening all-day at all 11 Philadelphia area Saxbys locations.

So start your day off with a free iced coffee courtesy of Visit Philly and conclude your work day by heading to the Visit Philly Beer Garden Happy Hour Series. This afternoon’s location is Frankford Hall.
Check out the Friday hours at all Saxbys locations »

Philadelphia’s Hottest New Trend: Death Cafes?

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Newsworks flags a new trend sweeping the Philadelphia region–Death cafes! From the Meetup (yes, death cafes are being advertised on Meetup) description.

“We adopt the European “salon” model of Death Café: free-flowing conversation around the topic of death-from-any-angle. Openness is the only pre-requisite. Typically we break out into smaller groups of 4-5 people to keep the conversations intimate.”

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The Agenda: Coffee Shops and Dining Out for Life

Two coffee shops are preparing to open this Thursday. Saxby’s is coming to the corner of 20th and Market Walnut. The space will be more high-tech than your normal coffee shop with iPads mounted to cafe tables and iMacs available along the bar seats. In addition to coffee this flagship location for the Saxby’s chain will offer frozen yogurt, fresh fruit smoothies and for the first week, 5% of all sales will go to Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Southeast Pennsylvania.

La Colombe will also be opening its second Philadelphia location this week with a storefront in the Residences at Ritz Carlton, looking out at City Hall and Dilworth Plaza. Judging by its location and photos of La Colombe’s other cafes, this one will be much different than the Rittenhouse Square location.

A few tables remain for the 9 p.m. seating of Tuesday’s Matyson wine dinner with David Moore. Hurry before the seats are gone.

Wednesday N. 3rd is hosting a Yards beer dinner for $30.

  • Mussels and Yards IPA and Chicken Sage Sausage
  • Veal and Yards Saison Carbonnade w/ Muenster Puff Pastry Top
  • S’more “Pop Tart” w/ Yards Porter Drizzle
  • There will also be a welcome beer.

Thursday is Dine Out for Life. Over 200 restaurants participate with a portion of all proceeds going to fight AIDS.

Grind Report

Filter has soft opened at 252 South 12th Street. It’s a full-service cybercafe, coffee house and tea room. There is free wi-fi, workstation rentals for $5 per hour plus available scanning, printing, faxing and copying. Opening at 6am and staying open till 3am Filter has lots of amenities to use from early mornigng through night. There is a fee touchscreen jukebox and at night video games from old school Atari to new school Xbox Kinect will be available. This is the first of three planned Filters coming to Center City. [Filter Philadelphia]

The southwest corner of 20th and Walnut that was the Natural Goodness Market & Cafe is being turned into a Saxby’s Coffee shop.

Ants Pants is undergoing renovations. A new floor was installed on Friday and the rest of the repairs will be completed by Tuesday. The cafe remains open during its redo. We were there Saturday where we had this sandwich.

Pure Fare is “99.99999%” of the way there. The healthy food store and cafe will be serving San Francisco’s Blue Bottle Coffee. [Pure Fare on Facebook]

Quick Bites

Paul opens this evening opposite Effie’s on Pine Street. Among the menu items, crab spring rolls, wild Atlantic halibut and bouillabaisse. [The Insider]

When the Penthouse Club opens August 7th, chef Bill Elmer will be cooking up more than just steaks. [Meal Ticket]

City Tavern’s Walter Staib is at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello this week filming his new TV series, A Taste of History. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Slate is now doing lunch, brunch and happy hour. Meal Ticket has the deets. [Meal Ticket]

Horizons chef Rich Landau has been selected to cook at the James Beard House. It will be the first vegan restaurant to be so honored. [The Insider]

Coo’s Sports Bar & Lounge is the name of the bar coming to the 800 block of North Broad Street. Not much else is known but the coming soon banner sports a Coors Light logo, so probably not going to have Chimay on draft.

Jim’s Soft Pretzels, a mini-chain in town is coming to South Street. [Meal Ticket]

JD McGillicuddy’s is going into the former Freehouse location in Wayne. Expect an August 1st opening. [The Insider]

Just a degree of John Mims separation away, Carmine’s in Bryn Mawr has closed and will return as Verdad, a Spanish tapas restaurant. [The Insider]

The Saxby’s at the base of the Comcast Center has closed. For now the coffee shop is serving as a promotional display for Table 31.

Quick Bites

The Insider has Northern Liberties possibly getting a wine bar, Vinoteca. Here’s hoping they have more success than Wineo. [The Insider]

MenuPages has some good suggestions on dining with large groups and OpenTable. [MenuPages Blog]

Hey Pennsters, That Bucks County Coffee you’ve come to love at 40th and Locust is set to become a Saxbys on October 1. In other Saxby’s news, look for a new one at 15th and Locust. [Daily Pennsylvanian]

We noticed this as well, it seems like JL Sullivan’s Speakeasy is suffering from a bit of an identity crisis. First they dropped the Speakeasy and in a promo for a grand opening party this weekend they are going by JLS. [The Clog]

We first heard about Saute in July. it was a month away then, it’s a month away now. [Table Talk, Philadelphia Inquirer]

“Bottled or tap” is one question you won’t hear anymore at White Dog Cafe. The environmentally conscious West Philadelphia Restaurant is kicking the bottled water habit. [Inqlings, Philadelphia Inquirer]

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