Brew and Sip Coffee Bar opens second location in downtown Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Near the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, caterer LaToya Cook-Bradley “rotated and pivoted quickly” in a new model.

The Louisville chef transformed 400 square feet of his company’s space at 3800 Shepherdsville Road in the city’s Buechel neighborhood and opened Brew and sip coffee.

Two years into the pandemic, her business is growing. Brew and Sip Coffee Bar opened its second location in late April at 505 W. Broadway, right next to The Courier Journal building and less than a block from the federal courthouse.

When originally shown the location in the summer of 2021 by her commercial real estate agent, Cook-Bradley was not a fan: “I was like, ‘nobody’s downtown – this is not what we are going to do.’ “

But the real estate agent remained persistent and a visit changed his mind.

“We actually looked at it from the inside, and I thought, ‘Whoa, this is way different than I thought it was going to be,'” she said.

LaToya Bradley, right, owner of Brew & Sip Coffee Bar and Cafe shared a laugh with customer June Sevillian at their new location in downtown Louisville, Ky. on May 9, 2022.

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Cook-Bradley said several things make her more optimistic about downtown’s vibrancy this spring. First, she hoped for the return of downtown office workers with Humana, the largest employer in downtown Louisville, fully reopens its offices to employees in March.

Additionally, Cook-Bradley said she signed the lease the day the Courier Journal broke the news that LDG Development builds 186 apartments, a clubhouse and green space on the 1.29 acre site on the formerly owned by Brown Bros. Cadillac on Broadway between Fourth and Fifth Streets.

The Brew and Sip Coffee Bar offers a variety of coffee options and flavors. The store also offers many food options, from bagels to yogurts to sandwiches.

And the menus between locations differ slightly. For example, two sandwiches exclusively offered downtown include “The Culture” – a chicken sandwich with garlic aioli – and “Yard Work” – a vegetarian sandwich with zucchini, squash, avocado, Swiss cheese, Dijon mustard. and vegan mayonnaise.

“You can get a bit of everything,” Cook-Bradley said. “We have a lot of candies and combos downtown.”

The downtown location is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The store currently has four employees and is looking to expand – Cook-Bradley will hold open interviews at the site on Thursday. Interested persons can send their CV to [email protected] or fill in applications internally.

As to whether continued expansion is a possibility, Cook-Bradley said she is focused on building the new West Broadway store.

“Growing this one will be amazing,” she said. “…But I hope I will see at least five (stores) in the near future.”

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Justin Williams had lunch at Brew & Sip Coffee Bar and Cafe at their new location in downtown Louisville, Kentucky on May 9, 2022.

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