Shadowbox Live has opened the Backstage Bistro in the historic Worly Building.
Something's brewing in the Brewery District.
Coffee, to be precise.
Shadowbox Live has opened the Backstage Bistro in the historic Worly Building, a prelude to the theater troupe's scheduled move to the area in August.
"We wanted to open the coffee shop early for a few reasons," said Nikki Fagin, spokeswoman for Shadowbox Live. "One, we felt it was a terrific way of introducing ourselves to the neighborhood. Two, the Backstage Bistro is a brand-new venture for Shadowbox Live and taking it in phases will allow us to provide the top-notch service and quality our patrons have come to expect from us."
The coffee shop, 503 S. Front St., offers a full slate of Crimson Cup coffee drinks, plus fruit smoothies, pastries, muffins, bagels and scones, some of which are being provided by such local institutions as the Angry Baker, Rogue Bakery and Block's Bagels.
"It was extremely important to us to find not only high-quality products, but products we felt represented the Shadowbox Live philosophy," Fagin said. "We wanted local artisans who are masters at their food."
Fagin called the atmosphere "sophisticated and sexy," as many of the original brick walls are exposed, "preserving the bit of the edgy warehouse feel Shadowbox has maintained in its theaters.
"It's artistic and professional and casual all at the same time," she said. "We've added quite a bit of dramatic lighting and eventually will be adding more backstage-themed decorations, accentuating the artistic feel to the space."
Brad Kitchen, president of Alterra Real Estate Advisors, likes how Shadowbox is proceeding with its move into the neighborhood.
"We are excited to have a new coffee shop in the Brewery District," he said. "I think this is just the starting point for their outreach to get involved in the community."
Shadowbox, currently located in Easton, has a caf that is open only to theater guests during shows. The bistro, open daily, eventually will become a full-service destination for all patrons, not just those attending shows at Shadowbox, Fagin said. It will have a full liquor license.
The acting troupe announced in November that it was moving from Easton to the Worly Building at South Front and Liberty streets. It will occupy a total of 29,000 square feet of the historic space.
The last Easton show is Aug. 6, with the full-service restaurant opening a week later. Shadowbox's first show in the Worly Building space is slated for Aug. 19.