Tim Noble’s plans to bring an outpost of Merion’s Town Hall Coffee Co. to Center City, and at the end of June he finally did it. Now open at 9th and Chestnut, the new shop has wood-covered walls and ceilings, tables made from a maple tree and a very cool chandelier. Stop in from 6 AM-7 PM, seven days a week for expertly pulled espressos and coffee from rotating craft roasters and pastries, muffins and scones (834 Chestnut St.; 267-687-2384).
Steap and Grind is a new operation, but as The Insider points out, proprietor Colleen McHale did work at her mother’s tea shop Premium Steap in Rittenhouse for two years, so she’s got coffee in her blood. Both tea and coffee are on the menu, the former in several loose varieties and the latter made with beans by ReAnimator, among other roasters. Pastries and light sandwiches are also on the menu; doors are open 7 AM-7 PM, Monday-Friday and 8 AM-6 PM, Saturday-Sunday (1619 Frankford Ave.; 267-858-4427)
Not yet open but on the way is a second brick-and-mortar location for HubBub Coffee. Owner Drew Crockett had one of the first gourmet food trucks in Philly, and the HubBub truck is still out on the street. He’s since launched a shop at 17th and Arch in the Financial District and it must be going well, since The Insider reports he has signed a lease for the University City space at 3736 Spruce Street. A fall opening is planned.