Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Edge Coffeehouse Set To Open in Harry's Detour Space

Posted By on Tue, Jul 3, 2012 at 11:37 AM

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It's a homecoming, of sorts, for the Edge Coffeehouse, which will be moving into the Harry's Detour spot at 532 Cooper, a space it once occupied nearly 20 years ago.

By this point, the Edge (perhaps best known for the Avalanche, a great coffee milkshake) has had several homes, but more on that in a moment. ...

Owner Frank James was hoping to have the latest incarnation of the Edge open for business on July 4th, but says he's still securing permits. He does, however, plan to open the doors for the holiday and to celebrate.

"We're having a giant party," says James. "I'm expecting a mob, seriously."

The party is set to start at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4th. And, as the Edge will not be open yet for business, drinks will be given away during the party.

James estimates he'll have the Edge open in earnest in about a week or so.

Now, about those other homes, the Edge has occupied. With the press release on the latest location, James included a history of the Edge. Reading it is a Midtown blast-from-the-past.

Summing up from the James history: The Edge opened in 1994 in a timeshared space in the Bell Telephone Building, which has since been torn down. Later that year, it moved to the 532 Cooper space. In 1997, the Edge relocated to Poplar in the building that now houses the Hi-Tone. The following year, James famously up and left and that was that until the Edge resurfaced on Overton Park in Crosstown in the space that was once the beloved Lupe & Bea's and then Arizona and then Chucky's Fried Pies, among other businesses.

When the Edge Coffeehouse does open in a week or so, the business hours are set for 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., 7 days a week. James plans to have songwriters night on Sunday, spoken word on Tuesday, bike nights on Wednesday, and live music on Saturday.

The Edge Coffeehouse, 532 S. Cooper (235-8324)

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