The couple behind Comeback Coffee wants you to come get a cup of coffee and “stay a while.”
Hayes and Amy McPherson will open their new coffee shop in the Pinch District of Downtown Memphis on Friday. Located at 358 N. Main St., the main floor of this historic building has been renovated into a light-filled room with original exposed bricks, oversized windows and original door frames. Seating is casual and inviting, with custom-made wooden cafe tables as well as a comfy sofa area.
“I am excited to see people enjoying our coffee and the space we created for the community,” Amy said.
Hayes added, “Our mission was to create a space that made people comfortable, whether just stopping by for a quick grab-and-go or staying for a few hours.”
Comeback Coffee will offer a full espresso bar along with batch brewed coffees.
The house roaster is Methodical Coffee of Greenville, South Carolina. Comeback Coffee will serve their blends and single-origin coffee beans.
“We fell in love with the product and then the team,” Hayes said. “They are doing things ethically and partnering with the farms that provide their coffee beans.”
To expose Memphians to a wide range of coffees, Hayes also plans to feature a different roaster every three months. The first featured roaster is Brandywine Coffee Roasters of Wilmington, Delaware.
“There is a lot going on in coffee around the world, and we want to be a touchstone for Memphis for that,” Hayes said.
For iced coffees, Comeback Coffee will serve flash-chilled brewed coffee. The McPhersons prefer this method over cold brew because “it better keeps the flavors of what the coffee should be.” The coffee is brewed hot and then immediately cooled down in a special chiller.
A look inside of Comeback Coffee at 358 North Main Street in the Pinch District. Comeback Coffee officially opens on March 29. Brad Vest, Memphis Commercial Appeal
Hayes said he is excited about their in-house coffee soda, an item they debuted earlier this month at the Grind City Coffee Expo. To make this soda, batch brewed coffee is mixed with a flavored simple syrup. The mixture is then run through the coffee bar’s tap system to give it bubbles.
“People were really talking about it at the expo,” Hayes said. “For the first flavor, we plan to use a strawberry-lime simple syrup.”
In addition to the coffee sodas, Comeback Coffee will use its tap system to serve nitro coffees and teas as well. “It gives coffee a creamier texture without the addition of milk,” Hayes said.
Chef Cole Jeanes has joined the team at Comeback Coffee and will be in charge of the kitchen, making pastries, breads and treats from scratch daily.
Jeanes is a talented chef who had owned and operated one of the original food stalls in The South Main Street Market. Kinfolk quickly became known for his savory oversized biscuits. Most recently he has been at P.O. Press Public House and Provisions in Collierville before making the move back Downtown at the beginning of March.
The McPhersons had originally just asked Jeanes to design the food menu for them, but shortly after he asked if he could come to work for them.
For breakfast, the selection will include baked goods and pastries such as danishes, scones and poptarts. Everything will be made in-house, including the breads.
Lunch offerings will include a variety of sandwiches and soups.
“We will have tomato soup on the menu every day. We will also have a seasonal soup each day,” Hayes said.
Grab-and-go items like granola and yogurt will also be available for those popping in on their way to work.
The couple — who have known each other since they were 12, dated for seven years and have been married for two years — feel like they were meant to be in this building.
While sophomores in college at Harding University in Arkansas, the two native Memphians had come home for a break. “We saw this building Downtown and said to each other, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to run a business on the first floor and live on the third floor?’” Hayes said.
That night, Amy’s father told the couple he was looking at investing in property Downtown and was interested in the building at 358 N. Main St.
“We immediately looked up the address and it was the same building we had seen earlier,” Hayes said. “We thought maybe we are supposed to be here.”
Amy’s father did eventually buy the building. After graduation, the couple decided to turn their dream into reality. They moved into the third floor and began plans for their new coffeehouse.
“This building was built in 1895,” Amy said. “We are excited to be the next part of its history.”
The new coffee shop will have seating for 39 inside, as well as seating for an additional 60 outdoors on the backyard patio and alley space.
“The patio used to be a grassy backyard,” said Hayes as he pointed to
the newly remodeled patio. “The alleyway will also include a gate on Main Street.”
The grand opening
The grand opening will be an all-day affair on Friday. The coffee shop will be open for business starting at 7 a.m., serving coffees and the new menu all day.
From 6 to 9 p.m., the McPhersons have planned a celebration. “We will have bands on the patio, the El Mero Taco food truck will be out front and Tap Box will be serving beers in the alleyway,” Hayes said.
The coffee shop will close for the weekend to allow the staff “to reconvene and work out any kinks from the first day.” Comeback Coffee will start its regular hours on Monday.
Jennifer Chandler is the Food & Dining reporter at The Commercial Appeal. She can be reached at [email protected] and you can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @cookwjennifer.
If you go
Where: 358 N. Main St.
Hours: Open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday. Closed on Sunday.
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