Central Avenue coffee shop acquires downtown property for expansion

The property at 520 Reynolds St. has been purchased by Buona Caffe to provide inventory and roasting space for its Central Avenue coffee shop. Long-term plans include turning the building into a coffee bar. SPECIAL

The owners of the Buona Caffe coffee shop on Central Avenue have purchased the building at 520 Reynolds St. to house their growing inventory and roasting operation.


The 8,400-square-foot building, across the street from a proposed mixed-use development at the city owned railroad depot property, will also have a small coffee bar.

“We needed to look for a space that was well beyond our current needs,” co-owner John Curry said in a news release Wednesday. “This new location gives us the opportunity to do much more to supply and support our wholesale customers.”

The building, which has a commercial kitchen, most recently housed Berry’s Catering and Floral. Buona Caffe purchased the almost half-acre tract from Southern Catering Inc. in October for $265,000.

Curry said the building also will have a commercial espresso machine showroom and a training room for professionals and the general public.

Buona Caffe Artisan Roasted Coffee’s coffee shop at 1858 Central Ave. had reached full capacity, co-owner Pat Curry said.

“The only change customers may notice at Central Avenue is a wider selection of brewing equipment,” she said. “We’ve passed on a lot of specialty items we wanted to offer because we just didn’t have anywhere to store them.”

The husband-wife team started the coffee business in 2013. The Currys said they had been looking for a second location for about a year. The expansion project is being financed by Queensborough National Bank & Trust and CSRA Business Lending.

The nearby city-owned depot property has been selected as the site for a public-private mixed-use development that city officials have said will be in excess of $90 million and could be announced as early as this summer.

“We’re thrilled to be part of the revitalization of downtown Augusta,” John Curry said.