New Downtown Coffee Shop

Downtown Houston gets a new coffee shop with Korean flair: Finally, a Starbucks alternative?

Downtown gets a new coffee shop with Korean flair: Starbucks fighter?

Caffe Bene coffee shop
Caffe Bene's shop in New York City offers a preview of the Houston location.  Courtesy photo
Caffe Bene coffee shop
The interior resembles a cozy living room loft. Courtesy photo
Caffe Bene coffee shop
Caffe Bene coffee shop

Houston's coffee scene may be booming, but downtown pretty much belongs to Starbucks. Branches of Seattle's most popular export are scattered throughout office buildings and the downtown Tunnels.

Locally owned options are few: Ben's Beans, The Honeymoon and Tout Suite are pretty much it. 

Well that situation doesn't look likely to change anytime soon as another national chain is making a push to satisfy the caffeine cravings of downtown office workers. Caffé Bene will join downtown's GreenStreet development later this summer.

It's the first Houston location of the coffee shop, which also has an outpost in Dallas.

With decor that's designed to mimic a comfy, stylish, living room, Caffé Bene is intended to offer a respite from the city's hectic environment. In addition to coffee, a wide-ranging food menu offers something for everyone: Belgian waffles, a Korean dessert called misugaru and shaved ice will satisfy sweet cravings. Savory options include sandwiches and honey bread topped with cheese and garlic.

"We are always looking for opportunities to enhance the experience of our visitors at GreenStreet,”  Jonathan Brinsden, CEO of GreenStreet's owner Midway, said in a statement. “And as downtown Houston itself continues to evolve, it only makes sense that we seek out tenants such as Caffé Bene that will complement the city’s growing downtown population."

Caffé Bene will join existing GreenStreet tenants like III Forks and McCormick & Schmick's. A location of rapidly expanding salad chain Salata is also slated to open soon.