Summit Coffee, “Court House” Edition: This Is *So* Cool!

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Summit Coffee proprietor Tim Helfrich gets ready for the crowd massing at the front door of the new campus Summit Coffee on Friday afternoon.

Ten minutes before the soft opening of  Summit Coffee’s new Davidson College location on Patterson Court today at 3 p.m., proprietor Tim Helfrich was busily attaching a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale handle onto a tap, the one right between the handles for People’s Porter and Pabst Blue Ribbon. Behind him, the kitchen was bustling and the pastry case was stocked. All around, staff members put finishing touches on surfaces, displays, inventory, espresso machines….

Courtney Spear will manage the kitchen at the new campus Summit Coffee.

There will be something for everyone at the new campus location of the popular Main Street coffeehouse’n'watering hole. The decor here is urban eclectic, with two long bar-tables and stools down the center of the space; quite comfily upholstered living room furniture on the raised stage area; a few cozy booths along one wall; a fine, high, see-and-be-seen row of plush stools at the counter by the plate-glass windows overlooking the expanded patio with its spanking new picnic tables and prime view of Patterson Court’s interior circle.

Cheers to first customers Jason Pacious ’14 and Claire Samuels ’14!

There are electrical outlets aplenty for laptops, but soon after the cheer went up when the door opened at three sharp, it was clear that on this coolish, grayish Friday, the Summit crowd was interested more in draft beer and hot coffee drinks than tapping into campus wi-fi.

(l-r) Jasmine James ’15, Linea Ng ’15, Grace Balte ’15 have found a new favorite spot.

“Soft opening” implies a future “grand opening,” and we’ll look forward to that. For now, hie thee to the court this Friday afternoon or evening (until 9 p.m.) to hoist a glass or nurse a cuppa. It’s the latest great place to be on the Davidson campus!

Nota bene: Helfrich  commented that he and the Summit staff are on the lookout (or listen-out, in this case) for a moniker tagline for the campus location. Sharpen up, ladies and gentlemen, you may already be a winner! Meantime, overheard from several patrons in a queue snaking across the new space: “This is so cool!”


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