Urban Grinders coffee shop has opened at Revolution Mill in Greensboro.
The shop opened on the first floor of the building at 1250 Revolution Mill Drive just off Yanceyville Street. The building is home to more than 45 businesses, art studios and creative firms. It also houses the artist-in-residence program and the WAMRev Gallery, which holds rotating exhibitions in collaboration with Weatherspoon Art Museum.
The shop is the second location for Urban Grinders, which opened a shop and art gallery in 2015 at 116 N. Elm St. in downtown Greensboro.
“Focusing on art and music more so than any other coffee shop has helped to breed a certain culture downtown that you can’t find anywhere else,” owner Jeff Beck said . “We like to tell people we have taken a chunk of New York and plopped it right down in the middle of Greensboro. Urban Grinders at Revolution will have the same spirit as our Elm Street location, but we will be focusing more on a refined coffee shop atmosphere.”
The new shop’s open concept features seating for 35 to 50 people. It overlooks Revolution Docks — an outdoor plaza that is a venue for casual gathering, events and performances.
Urban Grinders joins dining concepts Cugino Forno Pizzeria, which opened this spring in the mill’s old machine shop at 1160 Revolution Mill Drive, and Natty Greene’s Kitchen + Market, which is scheduled to open this summer in another free-standing building overlooking North Buffalo Creek on the mill’s south side.
The openings are part of the redevelopment of the historic textile mill that produced flannel for decades before closing and falling into disrepair.
In 2012, Self-Help assumed ownership of Revolution Mill and is completing the property’s transformation into a mixed-use development.