A group of cafes in Boston added a seventh location to its ranks last week, and this one has some notable differences. Brighton’s new Pavement Coffeehouse (415 Western Ave.) features a familiar menu of the local chain’s bagels, pastries, teas, and coffee beverages, but it also houses a fully-fledged roasting operation and commissary kitchen.
Pavement had already introduced custom-roasted coffee across its six other locations, briefly contracting with a roastery in Philadelphia to prepare the beans, but now it has full control over the roasting process, in addition to the selection of beans.
“There’s a lot we can improve on now that we have this integrated space,” Andy LoPilato, Pavement’s operations manager, previously told Boston Magazine, emphasizing that the Brighton expansion allows for even more of a focus on the quality of coffee served in all locations.
The facility spans nearly 5,000 square feet, with 800 of those dedicated to kitchen space, which will accommodate production of scones, muffins, and breads, in addition to Pavement’s coveted kettle-boiled bagels. The cafe, situated in the front of the space, seats 25 inside and will have seasonal outdoor seating.
Pavement will also add a cafe in Harvard Square, perhaps by late summer. It will join several other food and beverage vendors in the newly renovated Smith Campus Center, including Bon Me, Swissbäkers, and Whole Heart Provisions. The Brighton Pavement operates seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.