Popular West Side coffeehouse shoots into Southtown with second location
UPDATE: Since publication of this story, Shotgun House Roasters announced its opening on March 25.
With its art galleries, exciting nightlife, and top-notch restaurants, Southtown already offers plenty of perks. Now, the hip neighborhood is set to add one more with the opening of a second location of popular coffeeshop Shotgun House Roasters at 1010 S. Flores St. Ste. 116.
Due to a few outstanding permits, co-owner Eddie Laughlin doesn’t want to commit to a hard date just yet, but he does say he should be able to light up the open sign in about a week.
"The idea was always to open a second location," says Laughlin, adding that the original cafe at 1333 Buena Vista St. was designed to be a little out of the way and house the roasting operations. When he and co-owner Jessica Callery stumbled on the former location of Whip Stitch Custom Cakes in Southtown, they jumped at the opportunity to be in a high-traffic, walkable area.
Laughlin says Shotgun will offer the same coffee menu as the original outpost. Drip coffee and cold brews are supplemented with an array of espresso drinks, teas and matcha from Chicago’s Spirit Tea Co., and chai.
The shop will also offer the original location's trio of signature drinks: an iced dirty horchata, a salted caramel latte made from treats from farmers market faves Wildflower Caramel Company, and a maple-sage latte. The latter, Laughlin says, came from his desire to have "some sort of piney, woody drink," for the holiday menu. The unconventional flavor profile became so popular that it stuck.
For now, Shotgun is working with local purveyors Cafe Don Juan, Dignowity Kolaches, Scratch Kitchen, and Chocollazo to provide savory and sweet snacks, but Laughlin tells CultureMap they will eventually make food in house, likely starting with baked goods. Although Laughlin admits that wine probably isn't right for the shop, Texas craft beer in cans is coming so the shop can take part in the neighborhood's Second Saturday Artwalk fun. (In fact, the monthly party is one of the reasons that made a Southtown location attractive.)
The menu may be the same, but the new shop has a very different feel from the original's industrial digs. Designer Victor Montez was brought in to create three different environments including a light-filled ordering area, a second room with a long community table and a record player, and a cozy back lounge painted forest green.
Once permitting allows, Shotgun House will be open seven days a week. Hours will be 7 am to 7 pm Monday through Friday and 7 am to 8 pm Saturday and Sunday.