In mid-November, childhood friends and Cully neighbors Marten Boyden and Austin Roberts plan to open a new coffee shop, Kainos Coffee, in the former Bacchi’s Deli space at 6633 N.E. Sandy Boulevard in the Roseway neighborhood. Kainos is a Greek word that means new, fresh or innovative.
Rumors had been circulating among neighbors that an adult-oriented business – possibly a massage parlor – was slated to open in the space after Mark Caso’s family owned business, a neighborhood favorite, was evicted from the building without cause in June. That turned out to not be the case, and until Boyden and Roberts have their new brick-and-mortar space ready to roll they’ll be operating a coffee cart from the lot in front of the building.
“The coffee trailer is a 1962 Aristocrat that we gutted and rebuilt,” said Roberts. “We’ll use it for events once the shop is open.”
The cart is open Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. On evenings and weekends, the two will focus on renovating the interior of the building. As a gift to the community, they’ll also paint the entire exterior of the building at their own expense.
“We are blessed to have inherited a former deli space with all of the required restaurant plumbing and electrical in-place and up-to-code,” said Boyden. “We hired a contractor for the bar and trim work and he’s done an amazing job. We hope to complete the rest ourselves. When all is said and done we expect it to take about two months for the entire build-out and licensing process.”
When the interior of the building is complete, Boyden and Roberts plan to open Kainos seven days a week from 7 a.m. to midnight and believe the long hours will set them apart as one of few (if any) late-night coffee establishments on the east side.
“We’ve been best friends for 20 years and have always wanted to own our own businesses,” said Roberts. “We will be serving coffee and pastries that we’ve selected from local bakers, along with other food we think people will enjoy. We started out as a roasting company and we roast our own coffee. Another thing that sets us apart is that we plan to donate 21 percent of our profits to various orphanages that we work with.”
Boyden has some experience with food service in the neighborhood, having worked at Pizzeria Otto across the street and at Pip’s Doughnuts in Beaumont Village. Roseway neighbor Nate Snell of Pip’s is a friend and mentor.
“Sandy is known for having a lot of great businesses and to be able to join them is an exciting opportunity,” said Roberts. “We didn’t realize how much we were going to love the Roseway neighborhood. The people here are absolutely amazing and so kind, I feel like we really lucked out to get the opportunity to become a part of this community.”
For more information, call (541) 980-9832 or visit www.kainoscoffeepdx.com.