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Favorite Austin coffee shop shutters, but something new is brewing

Favorite Austin coffee shop shutters, but something new is brewing

Dominican Joe coffee
Dominican Joe is closing to make way for a new 24-hour Bennu Coffee location. Dominican Joe/Facebook

UPDATE: Bennu Coffee's new location at 515 S. Congress Ave. opens Friday, May 12.


Something's brewing in the Austin coffee scene. After a decade in business, Dominican Joe will close Saturday, April 29, to make way for a new 24-hour outpost of Bennu Coffee, expected to open in early May.

"We knew it was time to find someone else to lead this shop. We began to seek out like-minded owners with a similar vision and philosophy to be the new stewards of this space. In Bennu, we found the perfect match," reads a statement on the Dominican Joe website.

"There will be some exciting updates and changes, but some of the most important things won't change: our staff, our coffee, and our cause. Bennu will continue to support the work of Makarios by bringing you the same delicious impact coffee," the Dominican Joe statement continues.

Dominican Joe is located at the intersection of Congress Avenue and Riverside Drive. For 10 years, owners Mehul Patel and Sharla Megilligan have exclusively used MAK Impact Coffee, a brand sourced from the Dominican Republic that supports Austin nonprofit Makarios and its educational outreach to the country.

Steve and Stephanie Williams opened the original Bennu Coffee on East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in 2009. It remains one of the only 24-hour spots in Austin and is a regular work space for students and hangout spot for everyone else.

Domincan Joe's famous honey lattes will also stay on the menu. The rest of the menu will feature Bennu Coffee staples, such as Texas Coffee Traders, French press, mocha, and cold brew. Look forward to treats from Celeste's Best, Fricano's Deli, The Green Cart, Hoboken Pie, Hot Jumbo Bagel, Ladybird Provisions, Skull & Cakebones Bakery, Taco Mex, Tamale Addiction, and Russell's Bakery.