District coffee shop expands to more than twice original size


After three months of construction District, the once-tiny downtown coffee shop, revealed a new, far bigger space this week.

“We just kind of went head over heels into it — we thought we’d just go for it,” said operations manger Michael Forgie of the new space, which at almost 2,700 square feet is nearly three times the size of the old space.


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The shop has also extended its hours, added a more extensive savoury food menu—including table service after 3 p.m.—and have a new line of cocktails.

The expansion is the latest growth for the burgeoning Edmonton food empire owned by Nate Box — including Elm Café in Oliver, Burrow inside the Central LRT station and, most recently, the Little Brick Café and General Store in Riverdale.

Like its sister properties, Forgie said District aims to reflect its location at 109 Street and 100 Avenue, an area mostly dominated by office towers.

To do so, he said, they will attempt to attract both commuters on the busy 109 Street and the large number of new residents who will live in the area soon, thanks to several new residential developments.

“Because we’re right along 109 Street we’re splitting residential to the west and offices to the east, and we want to show that in our location.”

He points to the sizeable to-go area on one side of the counter that will cater to commuters and people on coffee breaks during the day. On the other are tables set up for people ordering food and drinks in the evening.

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“This place is a much bigger adventure that we’ve ever tackled,” Forgie said. He said the team worked so fast to get open that they’re not even sure if they’ll have a grand reopening.

“But it’s fun and we like to grow, we like to do new things.”

Source: Metronews


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