It’s been only a year since apt613 reported on Happy Goat’s second location opening, but Ottawa’s independent café scene continues to thrive as people filled the small batch roaster’s new Elgin Street location on opening day, February 21.
“It’s so new you can smell the sawdust!” a patron said at the counter, before ordering her cup of dark roast and a Maverick’s doughnut. Yes, despite being previously occupied by another coffee business, 326 Elgin certainly feels like a fresh location. In fact, this is the first time Happy Goat has worked with an interior design team to ensure that its modest 1,500 square foot space feels open, warm, and welcoming. The café is flooded with natural light, so between folks sipping tea at the bar, or listening to music against the windows, or chatting with friends by the red brick wall, there really isn’t a bad seat in the house.
If the first day was any indication, the Golden Triangle is ready to embrace its newest neighbour. In the coming months, they will tack on a liquor license, leading to local craft beers and a sommelier who will develop Happy Goat’s wine list to accompany snacks from the chef. Aware that many have come to appreciate Happy Goat as more than a coffee shop, but also a venue for local musicians, part owner Ahmet Oktar is looking to include Ottawa artists as much as the intimate space will allow for.
I’m not sure yet if it will fit, but my goal is to have a piano at each location. Everyone, including artists, should feel at home here.
With goals driven by its community, expect subtle improvements as Happy Goat adapts to its new home and client base. More importantly, expect meaningful changes to café culture in Ottawa as shops look to provide more inspiring spaces for artists, freelancers, and coffee lovers alike.
Happy Goat Coffee’s new location is 326 Elgin St. (corner Lewis) and is open 7am—8pm Monday through Saturday, and 8am—8pm on Sunday. Now if this article was your cup of…tea?…try following us on Instagram where we spill all the beans!