Arcadia’s Provision Coffee opens a new coffee shop in Uptown Phoenix
Central Phoenix fans of commission coffee may soon have a shorter drive to sip their Southwest Sunrise Nitro Cold Brew or Kyoto Blossom sparkling white tea.
Provision’s existing location near Arcadia is often filled with productive employees drinking coffee while plugging in their laptops. Dogs fill the large terrace while friends meet over breakfast. In the evening, couples enjoy a date with coffee-soaked cocktails in hand.
A new location is now in the works near the central city line on Seventh Street and Missouri Avenue. The new café will be sandwiched between two office buildings that are mostly in a residential area.
Co-owner Dan Suh hopes the new location will attract a similar audience.
“We want to be more than just a simple fixture for the building,” says Suh, describing the new space as perfect for business meetings and appointments.
Not only does the new location bring craft coffee and creative cocktails to downtown Phoenix, but it also gives owners Suh and Lawrence Jarvey the ability to offer their customers new foods they’ve dreamed of.
“In Arcadia, we’re limited by physical space,” says Suh. “Here we have pretty much everything from Arcadia and more.”
What to expect with the new commission
On the corner of Seventh and Missouri, two office buildings sit close together, but were not previously connected. A new building project by the builders called Link connects the two structures. The aim was to create a meeting point for the building staff and the community.
Commission will take part of this modern expansion and feature eye-catching details, says Suh. A mural by Arizona artist Lucinda Yrene walking from La Morena will adorn one wall. Another focal point will be a three-story wall covered with plants from floor to ceiling.
The bar itself will look similar to the one in Arcadia, shaped like an “L”, with one side serving coffee and the other focusing on cocktails. The drinks menu will largely stay the same, says Suh, adding that the biggest difference will be in the food.
“We want to make it more meal-oriented,” he says, explaining what customers in Arcadia have asked for. “But these things are really hard to do without a kitchen.”
The new location includes a 700-square-foot kitchen that prepares heartier meals to accompany the cafe’s original menu of toast and pastries. Customers can enjoy breakfast with eggs and potatoes and in the evening combine small bites and tapas with their cocktails.
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When does Commission open uptown?
Jarvey and Suh signed the lease for their new space in April 2021, but delays caused by the pandemic have postponed their opening date.
Everything is in short supply, says Suh, from milk and cups to the new refrigerators he was trying to order. Labor shortages have also led to price increases and construction breaks.
The team now estimates that they will need 20% more than their original budget to make the project a reality. Because of this, they launched a Mainvest community investment campaign to ask fans to contribute money to open the new location. Anyone who pays in as an investor receives their contribution plus an interest rate that must be repaid by 2031.
“Every little bit helps,” says Suh. “And the closer we get to the goal, the more confident we feel.”
So far, says Suh, the campaign has been going well. But fundraising efforts combined with unexpected equipment delays make planning a grand opening difficult.
The closest prediction he can make is that Commission Uptown will likely open in the first half of 2022.
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