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Roots Coffeehouse opens on fast-changing Bryan Ave.

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A new coffee shop concept has popped up in the buzzing Bryan Avenue in Near Southside.

After breaking ground almost two years ago, Roots Coffeehouse opened this week in a new and unique-looking building at 400 Bryan Ave.

The coffeehouse is the vision and work of business and life partners Matt and Janice Townsend.

Janice opened the first Roots Coffeehouse brick-and-mortar location in North Richland Hills a decade ago.

Similar to the other location, the new Fort Worth coffeehouse focuses on hospitality and community-building and – of course – coffee. The owners say its craft coffees are “ethically-sourced” and the ingredients are local and made in house, whenever possible.

“When people get together with coffee, relationships and community come to life,” Janice said. “That’s what we hope to inspire here.”

The coffeehouse menu features local favorites, such as Novel Coffee Roasters, Funky Picnic, The Proof Bakery, Boopas Bagel Deli, Sunnyvale Honey and DFW Organics among others.

And to the delight of vegans, Roots offers several plant-based menu options. One of its signature drinks is the Pumpkin Oat Latte, which mixes locally sourced espresso beans with house-made pumpkin syrup and steamed oat milk.

From all-year regulars like cortado, macchiato and cold brews to seasonal options like “Maple Bourbon Latte” and “Solstice Cider”, coffee drinkers have a wide variety of drinks to choose from.

“We really care about the way our coffee is prepared,” Janice said. “We want to honor the journey the coffee has been on and the barista’s role in crafting the final product.

Apart from the coffees, Roots also serve vegan, keto-friendly, low-carb or gluten-free food items.

The 750-square-foot coffeehouse can seat about 25 patrons. It also has a patio seating option in front of the building.

Roots Coffeehouse shares space inside the building with Criterion CoWorking, which is yet to formally open.

“There’s a lot of new businesses that’s up. And there’s still a lot more that are coming,” Matt Townsend said. “I think, it’s going to be a really interesting hub for small businesses because there’s not a ton of big [companies] – there’s no Pei Wei, there’s no Target – on this street.”

Oregon-native Matt moved into the Near Southside neighborhood with Janice in 2016. They bought the piece of land in Bryan Avenue later that year.

Matt Townsend said he hopes Criterion will be a focal point for businesses and like-minded independent entrepreneurs in the area.

Criterion will be an open-concept co-working space with a handful of private offices, dedicated desks, a podcast suite and open-work memberships available.

400 Bryan Ave, Ste 101

Fort Worth, TX 76104



Neetish Basnet
Neetish is a writer and digital content producer for Fort Worth Business Press. He has been covering businesses of all shapes and sizes in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex for several years. After graduating with a journalism degree from University of Texas-Arlington, Dow Jones News Fund selected him for a digital media fellowship. He still likes the smell of a freshly printed newspaper.

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