Blackeye Roasting Company has opened a second branded cafe. Photo by Eric Best

Blackeye Roasting Company has opened a second branded cafe. Photo by Eric Best

Blackeye Roasting Co. opens skyway café

Updated: July 27, 2016 - 4:40 pm

The local cold brew company is making a foray into the skyway

Blackeye Roasting Company opened its new skyway café Wednesday in downtown’s Towle Building.

Founder Matt McGinn modeled the 21-seat café, located at 2nd Avenue South & 4th Street South, after taprooms and bars, but instead of cocktails, the Twin Cities-based company will serve its nitro cold brew coffee, nitro iced teas and other non-alcoholic drinks on 10 tap lines.

On top of the traditional hot coffee and espresso-based drinks, Blackeye serves teas from Verdant Tea, several tap kombuchas from Prohibition Kombucha, its house horchata and a rotating selection of non-alcoholic draft cocktails, including a nitro tonic drink inspired by Bittercube combining coffee, bolivar bitters and tonic water. Additional nods toward the bar scene, including counter seating and drink flights, aren’t lost on McGinn.

BLACKEYE SKYWAY OPEN 3 BY EB web“This is a coffee shop, but it’s super focused like a taproom,” he told The Journal. “So it’s a way to showcase our product.”

The café at 330 2nd Ave. S. also offers 12-ounce bags of coffee beans and other Blackeye-branded retail products.

Twin Cities coffee drinkers may already know the name Blackeye from its cans of cold brew available in retailers like Whole Foods, Lunds & Byerly’s or Super America, or its tapped brews in local restaurants like Red Cow. McGinn launched Blackeye in 2014 out of St. Paul’s Quixotic Coffee, which he co-owns.

McGinn has been busy this year expanding the Twin Cities-based roasting company with a new production facility in St. Louis Park and its first branded café at 38th & Chicago in the former Blue Ox Coffee space. The company plans to grow quickly in the next few years with a target of opening two locations a year for the next four years and to get its cans into 16 states in the next 8-12 months, McGinn said.