Business brews downtown: Vienna moving coffee house, roasters to College Street
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Vienna Coffee Company is relocating its coffee house and coffee bean roasting operation to an empty three-story building at 212 S. College Street in downtown Maryville.
The building was home to Maryville Furniture Company for decades and was last occupied by the Habitat for Humanity HomeStore.
The change was discussed Tuesday night by the Maryville Downtown Design Review Board.
Vienna Coffee is expected to be open at the new location by July 1, said Gary Best, of Best and Association Architect of Maryville.
Roasters, which is now at 106 Everett Ave. near Calamity Corner, will be located on the basement level, and the Vienna Coffee Shop, currently at 321 High St., will occupy the main, street level.
A drive-through will be located in the alley between the coffee house and Dandy Lions, which is in the former A.K. Harper Memorial Library building.
Best said “a win-win” agreement has been worked out with Steve West, owner of the Dandy Lions building. Dandy Lions will be provided with parking in the Vienna lot, and the coffee company can use the alley for a drive-through.
Patrons will enter the drive-through from the parking lot and exit onto College Street. Eight to 10 cars can be in line to get coffee at one time, he said. The awning will be extended for the drive-through.
Vienna Coffee owner John Clark has no plans for the top floor of the building, Best said.
“It will be good for him to get all his businesses in one place,” he said.
The coffee house will be on the Maryville College corridor, which runs from Blount County Public Library to the pedestrian bridge over East Lamar Alexander Parkway to the campus.
No other changes are expected to the exterior of the building except for the addition of the drive-through.
Inside is a different story.
Best said a short intermediate level, which had been added between the main floor and basement, will be torn out.
Renovation construction work is expected to get started mid-February.
The downtown design board approved plans for the drive-through. Since Best is a member of the board, he abstained on the vote.
In other business, the board voiced no objection to Chris Moon’s plan to paint a low concrete-block wall at Moon’s Sports Bar and Grill, 205 S. Court St. This is the former location of Rackoon’s tavern.
The unpainted wall will be the same color as the rest of the building.
Both properties are in the Heritage Development District.