Ironclad Coffee Roasters Opens Cafe in Shockoe Bottom

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As of yesterday morning, there’s a new spot in town to get your morning cup o’ joe. Ironclad Coffee Roasters, which has been roasting beans and selling them online and to local shops since 2016, opened its first brick-and-mortar cafe this week.

Located in an old firehouse at 1805 E. Grace St., the new coffee shop is rustic and cozy, with exposed brick, a tufted sofa, seating in the upstairs loft and a garage door that opens up the whole space when it’s nice out. The coffee menu is straightforward, with plenty of iced options (like a nitro cold brew) to get us through these heat waves. Goodies from local bakeries like scones, cupcakes and croissants are on display, and dairy alternatives like oat milk make the lattes perfectly vegan-friendly.

Through Thursday of this week the hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., and starting Friday they’ll extend to 6 p.m. Co-owner Ryan O’Rourke says a grand opening celebration on Friday will begin with an 8:30 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony, plus free coffee and some “sweet treats.”

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