Bodhi Coffee is looking at an early April opening at 410 S. Second St., next to Xochitl on Head House Square.
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Bobby Logue -- who restores old houses these days after years of managing such Old City spots as Sugar Mom's, the Khyber, and Five Spot -- is behind this storefront. "I have always been a little obsessive in everything I do, and, in this vein, we will be serving Stumptown Coffee and pulling espresso shots from a Synesso Cyncra," he explains. The buildout is almost completed and includes concrete and black walnut counters, reclaimed woods, carpentry by Doug Powley, and lighting by Robert True Ogden.
The name comes from his love of Eastern philosophy. (One common translation is "awaken.")
Logue says he is dedicated to serving local and organic food and has been working with vendors who share this passion. He'll serve sweets from Betty's Tasty Buttons, and the savory offerings will be made of ingredients from area farms that share his philosophy. He also says he will take inspiration from the farmer's market on Head House.
On the other side of the square: The HeadHouse expects an opening within several weeks at 122 Lombard St.
And also on the coffee front: Walnut Bridge Coffee House, at 2319 Walnut St. since July 2005, is on the move. Pending zoning approval, owner Michael Caro will open a larger spot at the William Penn House, on the 20th Street side (at Ludlow St., across from Mama's Vegetarian). Name will be Nook Bakery & Coffee Bar. Caro, who does baking in-house, uses Caffe Vita for his espresso, and small roasters such as One Village for French press as well as Illy for drip coffee. Nook will make all coffee to order.