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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 11 — Caffeinated beverages of all shapes and sizes will flow out of Blue Owl’s latest installment in Greater Lansing, a 700 square-foot shop in Old Town. The space formerly housed Bloom Coffee Roasters before it closed a year ago.
The Old Town location’s styling plays off Blue Owl’s well established shabby chic look with a light fixture composed of vintage embossed ceiling tiles, an upcycled wooden bar and chalkboard signs.
“People come to Old Town for dinner, shopping and the bars. But without a coffee shop, there is not really a place for people to stop in and rest,” said Tyler Crosthwaite, a former manager at the original REO Town cafe and the man in charge of the Old Town spot. “They might want to meet with a friend or work on homework. Other than a coffee shop, there isn’t another place here where people can sit down and get to it.”
Blue Owl eyed the location a year ago in its hunt for 10 locations in the next 10 years. The company set that goal after opening its flagship location in 2017 and East Lansing location in early 2019.
Renovations included pushing Bloom’s former coffee bar back another five feet to squeeze in more room for patrons. The new place sits 20 people with a conference table flanked by bar seating.
Unlike its two other locations, live music will not be a part of the new place — tenants live upstairs. But Crosthwaite does want a liquor license for craft beer and spirits within the next year.
“This was a lot of work,” he said. “Three weeks ago, I stopped working in REO Town to put all my work into this. My coffee knowledge is something I take pride in. I’ve been a barista for the past six years.”
Blue Owl Old Town
8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday to Saturday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday
1236 Turner Road, Lansing