Downtown Crossing will welcome a new coffee shop bright and early tomorrow (Wednesday, June 8), according to Boston Restaurant Talk. George Howell Coffee makes its grand public debut inside The Godfrey Hotel at 6:30 a.m., an employee at the hotel confirmed.
George Howell Coffee is an Acton-based roastery with an existing cafe in Newtonville. The Downtown Crossing cafe will be situated adjacent to the hotel's lobby, and customers will be able to access the shop through the lobby and from the street, as previously reported. The 505 Washington St. coffee shop will be a European-style espresso bar, featuring everything from quick-serve coffee for those in a rush to coffee tasting flights, classes, and much more.
George Howell started The Coffee Connection in 1974, and after building up 24 stores in the northeast, he sold the company to Starbucks in 1994. In 2004, he launched George Howell Coffee with a goal of bringing high-quality regional and single farm-sourced coffees to customers.
Also on the docket for the hotel: Ruka, a high-end restaurant inspired by Peruvian cuisine, including Japanese-Peruvian and Chinese Peruvian fusion (nikkei and chifa respectively). It'll open this fall, courtesy of the Yvonne's team and Oishii's Ting Yen.
In other Downtown Crossing coffee news, the neighborhood also very recently saw the opening of both Cafe Marliave and Ziggy's Coffee Bar.