One of the city's newest Port City Java cafe locations is open in the Arboretum West development off Military Cutoff Road.
A project long in the works, according to a news release, the regional coffee brand has been hoping to serve the Landfall and Military Cutoff area again ever since the closure of its Lumina Station cafe in September 2018.
“We couldn’t be happier to be a part of this new space,” said CEO Steven Schnitzler in the release, “and we can’t wait to welcome the new residents and business owners with a cup of locally roasted coffee.”
Arboretum West includes a new apartment community along with several neighboring commercial spaces.
As with other Port City Java cafes in the area, the dining room remains closed out of an abundance of caution because of the coronavirus pandemic. Services include ordering ahead through the Port City Java app, drive-thru and curbside pickup.
Outdoor patio seating is expected to be available soon to further accommodate guests, the release stated.
A grand opening celebration is planned for Aug. 29 throughout the day, featuring free prizes and samples for the first 100 guests who visit the drive-thru or place an app order, according to the release. Prizes range from free coffee, to T-shirts, coupons and more.
"Port City Java continues adhering to the advice and guidelines by the CDC to safely accommodate customers and staff regarding the concerns surrounding COVID-19. Staff are always required to wear face coverings and guests are encouraged to do so as well," the release stated. "Guests who wear a mask throughout their transaction receive a 25-cent discount (must cover the mouth and nose, per CDC recommendations)."
Frequent handwashing and surface sanitization continue to be daily common practice, along with barista check-in procedures, including temperature and symptom checks prior to each shift.
Located at 417 Arboretum Drive, Suite 110, the new cafe is open weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Founded in 1995, Port City Java has grown to operate 28 cafes as well as its own roasting and distribution center.
Correction: The suite number for the new Port City Java cafe has been corrected.