After almost exactly two years since we learned that Santa Cruz-based Verve Coffee Roasters would open its first coffee shop in San Francisco, the Castro location is finally set to open on February 13.
Founders Ryan O’Donovan and Colby Barr almost opened in SF to start with— now they’re debuting their ninth cafe here, following four locations in Santa Cruz, three in LA, and one in Tokyo. A Kees van der Westen espresso machine, handcrafted in the Netherlands and bringing that retro spaceship vibe, will provide the espresso drinks, in addition to pour-overs, brewed coffee, juices, and more. Breakfast and brunch will include delights from Manresa Bread, the Los Gatos bakery from three-Michelin-starred chef David Kinch and head baker Avery Ruzicka. It’s a partnership made in heaven for the two companies given the bakery’s close proximity to Santa Cruz, where all roasting operations remain.
The 1,200 square-foot space was the former home of Veo Optics at Church and Market (2101 Market St). Now it’s undergone a serious renovation by LA design firm Design, Bitches; the design will “give a nod to the breezy naturalism shared among iconic artists and architects along the Northern California coast in the 1960,” according to a press release.
The cafe will be open from 6 a.m.- 8 p.m. daily, starting February 13.