The announcement last year that the Starbucks on Kavanaugh in the Heights was closing left a lot of people in that neighborhood sad and undercaffeinated. Thankfully it will not stay that way for long, Argenta based Mugs Cafe is announcing today that they have leased that location and will put in their second Mugs location with a target date of mid-July.
This stretch of the Heights has always featured a heavy rotation of local restaurants with the exception of the Starbucks. Mugs moving into this spot should fit in with the neighborhood better while still lending brand reputation to the spot. Owner Michael Hickmon hopes the addition of food will help create a better place for the community as well.
“We are bringing our full menu over to this location, plus a few enhancements we have worked on,” Hickmon says. “We really hope to see this as the neighborhood breakfast spot as well as the local coffee shop. I can’t wait to start serving pancakes in the Heights every Saturday and watching it have the same community feel we experience in Argenta.”
Hickmon says they will heavily renovate the interior to provide more seating and a better layout than either the previous Starbucks or the existing Argenta Mugs Cafe. They will utilize the surprisingly large kitchen and offer the entire food menu from Mugs with table service.
He also says they plan to utilize the outside area better by having a better-covered patio area and additional seating in the front of the store.
The ultimate downfall of the location as a Starbucks was the lack of a drive-thru that the other central Arkansas locations have. With the new Mugs location, Hickmon says he plans to reconfigure his portion of the side parking lot off Pierce street to have two dedicated to go spaces.
“We want to make it easy for people in a hurry to call in an order or order online and just swing in and pick it up without leaving their car, ” Hickmon explains.
The new Mugs Cafe in the Heights is set to open mid-July, we will have more information along with a formal first look closer to opening.