A few weeks ago CultureMap reported that a foursome of New York chefs (Jonathan Waxman, Jimmy Bradley, Joey Campanaro, and Jason Giagrande) were opening a coffee concept at the new H-E-B in Bellaire. There was little information beyond that back then, but now we have more to spill.
The Roastery, from the team of Four J, will open October 17, according to a release. It's the next step in a partnership between Four J and H-E-B, as the market has been selling the team's products (coffee, sauces, marinades, and salad dressings) for the past several years.
The 1,175-square-foot space inside the H-E-B will feature coffee beans sourced from Indonesia, Colombia, Honduras, Kenya, and Brazil, roasted by master roaster Jennifer Stone (she's not a fifth J?). Matt Johnson, formerly of Phoenicia Specialty Foods, will be the culinary director at the Roastery. Look for hand-carved turkey and roast beef sandwiches on Slow Dough bread, plus health-forward salads and toasts, mini doughnuts, pastries, and gelato. There will also be a craft beer and wine program.
But wait, there's more: Multiple Roastery locations will be opening, according to the release. A second is already planned for the San Felipe H-E-B; that location will be 6,000 square feet and serve as a flagship in Houston. Expect an on-site roasting operation, café, and full bar.
Roastery hours are 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.