A hybrid bike and coffee shop slated for Upham’s Corner in Dorchester has made some progress on its plans, according to the Dorchester Reporter. Sip & Spoke Bike Kitchen has been in the works for more than a year, and now the team behind it is working to get all the cogs and cranks in place to make the shop a reality.
Noah Hicks, a Boston native and avid cyclist who developed the idea for the shop, has pulled together some team members who will see the project through. He and Kristina Jackson, who currently works as a barista at Fleck Coffee in Newton and will manage the cafe side of Sip & Spoke, shared updates at a group meeting in Dorchester in early August, Dot News reported.
The shop is applying for a subsidized beer and wine license so that it can transition into a relaxing evening hangout with potential open-mic nights and live entertainment. Hicks’s goal is to create a neighborhood space, not a bar, where people can spend their evenings and get a caffeine (or bike) fix during the day.
Developers have joined the project and will apply for zoning variances to allow a retail and restaurant space to operate in the Upham's Corner Comfort Station. Hicks and his team are also working to finalize the current business plan while continuing to fundraise for the project so that the shop can open in early 2017.
• Cycling while caffeinated in Uphams Corner [Dorchester Reporter]