PH Coffee preps for grand opening

Elizabeth Orosco
Northeast News

PH Coffee will be celebrating their grand opening Saturday, October 12 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 2200 Lexington Avenue and the adjacent pocket park.

In addition to coffee, they’ll offer drawings, giveaways, and The Waffle Iron, a pop-up waffle shop, will also be on hand from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Located at the intersection of Brooklyn Avenue and Lexington Avenue in Pendleton Heights, the coffee shop had their soft opening last week with shortened hours and a limited menu.

The response from the community was impressive, said Alex Merrell, one of the partners of PH Coffee.

“I was very pleasantly surprised with business and the amount of support the community has given us and how many people have shown up,” he said.

Some mornings, Merrell said there will be people lined up at the door before they open.

Whitney Barnardo, president of Pendleton Heights neighborhood said PH Coffee has been a great asset to the community.

“PH Coffee really capitalizes on the human-centric design and original layout of Pendleton Heights,” she said. “This neighborhood had shops in the core of the neighborhood that provided access to goods with a shorter commute, created jobs in the neighborhood, and space to bump into your neighbor without the pressure of hosting in your home. PH Coffee is bringing those ideals back into the nucleus of our community.”

Echoing Merrell, Barnardo said the community has welcomed the shop and their investment into the neighborhood.

“Our residents are excited and flattered to have a business come into our neighborhood. Our community has been working hard, for a long time, to make improvements to our little corner of the world,” she said. “To have an outside business come in and appreciate that enough to invest, is extremely complimentary.  The owners of PH Coffee have been pouring their blood, sweat and tears into the Lexington space and can very much relate to the Northeast community, on what it takes to love these old buildings.”
PH Coffee is currently serving a limited menu, but plans to expand food options over the next few months to include a larger variety of hand-made syrups and sandwiches.

“We have already talked about wanting to expand our food options and just for ease of getting open, we didn’t do that yet,” said Merrell. “That will be our next project, getting some hot food options.”

Their current menu includes pastries from Kansas City Baking Company, lattes, cappuccinos, espressos, pour overs, drip coffee, hot chocolate, iced drinks, milkshakes, and affogatos— a shot of espresso over a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Merrell said he hopes to see a lot of people from the neighborhood enjoying the event this weekend and drinking good coffee.
For more information about PH coffee, visit

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