Having firmly established itself as a southwest Minneapolis mainstay, Five Watt is heading north.
Northeast, to be precise, and into the Miller Textile Building. And, the Nicollet Avenue coffeeshop famous for cocktail-inspired coffee drinks (and for briefly putting its owner's face on the toilet paper), will be turning those cocktail-inspired drinks into actual cocktails.
According to the Journal, owners Lee Carter and Caleb Garn have secured a liquor license for their new East Hennepin Avenue operation. That means wine, beer, low-proof cocktails, and because you gotta serve snacks with those libations, some "made-to-order bar food." No details on the food yet, but they're going well beyond the bakery case of the south Minneapolis location.
Speaking of which, Southies, don't flip your wig; Five Watt's original location is staying put. You'll have all the same creative concoctions as before. We're partial to the Kingfield, a blend of vanilla, Big Watt coriander bitters, espresso, milk, and Black Hawaiian sea salt that's named after the flagship store's neighborhood. On an ever-changing menu, it's a sweet, but not-too-sweet classic.
The new space will remedy some of the hustle and bustle of the south Minneapolis location, where finding a seat can mean darting your eyes and dashing when a table clears. This shop will seat 50 patrons in a comparatively sprawling 1,500-square feet.
Five Watt will open its Northeast location in October, the Journal reports. Five Watt's third location in St. Paul's upcoming Keg & Case Market is expected sometime in 2018.
Miller Textile Building
861 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis