Photo of the interior of French Truck’s Magazine Street location via FrenchTruck.com
French Truck Coffee founder Geoffrey Meeker will open a new coffeeshop at the historic May & Ellis Building in the French Quarter.
May & Ellis developer David Hecht told Canal Street Beat that the coffee shop will be taking 1,250 square feet of space at 221 Chartres St. “We are thrilled to bring a fantastic local brand to May & Ellis.French Truck Coffee will be an asset and an amenity for our residents and for the block. Their commitment to quality and aesthetics is consistent with our own and reinforces May & Ellis as the FQ’s premier mixed-use building,” Hecht said.
In addition to small batch coffee, the store will also sell baked goods and pastries from Gracious Bakery. They are planning to open in January 2017.
May & Ellis is a newly completed luxury apartment building in the French Quarter. Residences include studios, one-bedrooms, two-bedrooms, and a three-bedroom penthouse unit. Prices range from $1,575 – $5,250/mo. Check out the beautiful photos from our Property Showcase Event last month. Hecht says they are in talks with several restaurant groups to lease the remaining ground floor space.
Meeker said he loved the May & Ellis location because “Chartres has always been my favorite street in the Quarter. I used to live on Royal and would walk down Chartres to get to and from work in the CBD. The re-development speaks for itself and it is ideally located for both locals and coffee loving tourists.”
French Truck has been in a growth phase recently. In addition to their coffee-roasting headquarters and shop in the Lower Garden District at 1200 Magazine Street, they recently opened a larger cafe at 4536 Dryades Street, and in July announced a partnership to expand to Tennessee with roasting company Relevant Roasters. According to Meeker, the Dryades location is the best performing, but they are just getting started. “We have a new Roastery-Cafe combo in the works in Memphis and Baton Rouge we are also looking at other sites in New Orleans. There are other parts of the city that we’d love to have shops in, it is all about the right fit.?