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George Howell Coffee to Open in Godfrey Hotel in Downtown Crossing

Both the hotel and the cafe will open in fall 2015.

George Howell Coffee in Newtonville
George Howell Coffee in Newtonville

Acton-based roastery George Howell Coffee, an eleven-year-old company which also operates a three-year-old Newtonville cafe, will open a new cafe inside of The Godfrey Hotel Boston (soon to open in Downtown Crossing), the hotel announced today. The cafe, simply dubbed George Howell Coffee, is expected to open in the fall along with the hotel, according to the press release.

The cafe will be adjacent to the hotel lobby with entrances from the street and directly through the lobby. It's meant to be "reminiscent" of Coffee Connection, George Howell's now-defunct chain that began with a Cambridge cafe in 1974. There will be a "European-style espresso bar," tasting "flights," classes, and more. (In addition to the fancy stuff, there will be quick-serve coffee for customers in a rush.)

Customers can also expect "decadent concoctions aimed to excite the eye as well as the palate," according to the release, which notes that Howell "did introduce the world to the Frappuccino." (Here's the backstory on that. In short, Howell sold his 24 Coffee Connection cafes and the rights to the name "Frappuccino" to Starbucks in 1994.)

The Godfrey Hotel will be located at 505 Washington St.