Simon's Coffee Shop has a new sibling: Nine Bar Espresso opened in Davis Square over the weekend.
Saturday's debut included Gracenote and Barismo coffees and espresso drinks, including nitro-poured cold brewed coffee, as well as tea and and pastries, and the cafe is offering toast and bagels as of today, said manager Eric Vlassidis. Nine Bar is sourcing its sweets from Danish Pastry House, and breads come from Iggy's. "We're still rolling out our food menu," he said. "We're going to ease our way into sandwiches."
The coffeeshop is located at 11 Holland St., where the shortly-lived Kindred Tea & Tonic set up shop for about four months last winter. It is next door to Johnny D's Uptown Restaurant & Music Club, which recently announced plans to close in early 2016 after more than 45 years in business.
Simon Yu, who own's Simon's Coffee Shop in Porter Square, is behind Nine Bar Espresso. The cafe is open daily from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. (8 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday). Vlassidis said that in the future, the cafe may stay open later.
In other cafe news, The Middle Gray hosted friends and family over the weekend and will likely open to the public any day now. The coffee shop/Spanish cafe/wine bar is a project from an artistic collective in Brookline Village, and the space will also serve as an art gallery and performance space.