With coffee shop gone, downtown building improvises

By Rosemary McCoy

The coffee’s still on in the downtown office building where Pappy’s the Original closed its doors this week.

“We’ll just give away coffee,” said Rick Anderson, market president for Frontier Bank, which subleases part of its first-floor space to the coffee shop and restaurant.

The building at Ninth Street and Phillips Avenue houses several businesses, and workers used to stop at Pappy’s for their morning coffee. Now, they can find their caffeine in the lobby.

The bank didn’t receive notice about the closing from Pappy’s owners, Chris and Jessica Pappas, Anderson said. Staff members learned the news along with the restaurant’s customers Tuesday when they found a note on the doors that read: “Due to a number of recent events, Pappy’s will remain closed until further notice.”

The owners of the restaurant declined to comment.

Pappy’s opened in the space two years ago when an investment group bought and renovated the vacant building and found tenants.

One of those businesses, WoodGrain Brewing Co., is feeling the loss, too. The first-floor neighbor doesn’t have a kitchen, so it encourages beer drinkers to bring in food, co-owner Jason Currie-Olson said. The sandwiches at Pappy’s were a popular choice for some.

The brewery will continue to coordinate with food trucks to park nearby, especially on the weekends, he said.

WoodGrain also is planning to put up a chalkboard with a listing of restaurants that will deliver downtown, Currie-Olson said. The brewery and MacKenzie River Pizza, Grill & Pub at 11th Street and Main Avenue also have an arrangement: WoodGrain customers can order a beer, call MacKenzie for a takeout order and get a code word for a discount on their food. They can pick up their food and eat it at the brewery.

 

With coffee shop gone, downtown building improvises

The coffee’s still on in the downtown office building where Pappy’s the Original closed its doors this week.

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