Local Coffee Shop to Open in New Cyber Center
Less than five months ago, Central Avenue coffee shop Buona Caffe announced its purchase of what will become an expanded roasting operation in downtown Augusta. Apparently that wasn’t the end of the cafe’s plans to expand in the area.
Buona Caffe will also open a new coffee bar in the lobby of the new $110 million Hull McKnight Georgia Cyber Center, which will open July 10.
That makes Buona Caffe the first company to sign a lease at the cyber center, according to Paula Calhoun, director of communications for the Georgia Technology Authority. The facility will house the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s cyber crime unit, office space for cyber-related companies, a technology business incubator and a number of undergraduate and graduate programs in the cyber field.
The coffee bar will open on Aug. 15, the day that Augusta University classes begin.
“It says so much about the commitment of the Georgia Technology Authority and Augusta University to Augusta that they selected a local company for the coffee bar instead of a national chain,” said Buona Caffe co-owner Pat Curry. “This is an important investment in our local economy.”
“From the beginning of this project, we’ve said we wanted to involve as many local Augusta businesses as possible,” said Calvin Rhodes, executive director of Georgia Technology Authority and chief information officer for the state of Georgia. “We’ve heard nothing but good things about Buona Caffe from our Augusta partners, and are excited to have John and Pat on board.”
Buona Caffe plans to have the coffee bar open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays. The bar will include a menu similar to the one at its 1858 Central Ave location.
“We’re incredibly excited about this new location,” said Buona Caffe co-owner John Curry. “The Cyber Center is ushering in a new era in the life of downtown Augusta, and we are literally in on the ground floor. We can’t wait to open.”