EXO Roast Co. opens a second location in a historic downtown building

"This effort would not have come together without the effort of some great friends."

Near the Tucson Convention Center downtown, there are plenty of historic buildings to take a gander at while strolling through the neighborhoods. At the corner of Cushing Street and Meyer Avenue, The Coronet is waiting to cure your appetite, around the corner, whiffs of Mexican cuisine are flowing out of the family-run El Minuto Cafe, and now there is a new neighbor just a little farther down the road.

After a successful soft opening over the weekend, EXO Roast Co. is planning to officially open its second location at 196 W. Simpson St. on Wednesday, February 23.

EXO Roast Co.

Photo courtesy of EXO Roast Co. on Instagram

EXO Roast’s original location is nestled on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Seventh Street, near Miller’s Surplus and Tap & Bottle, at 403 N. Sixth Ave.

The new spot has much of the same — delicious roasts, friendly staff, a sense of local, and baked bites that make you feel warm inside — but a good amount of new is apparent, too.

The location on Simpson Street is actually inside a historic 1885 adobe home, which has been converted into EXO Roast’s new office, comes equipped with a kitchen that serves as the supplier of baked goods for both locations, and there’s even a patio that offers comfort when the weather is just right.

EXO Roast Co.

Photo courtesy of EXO Roast Co. on Instagram

Something different about the new spot is that there’s no public Wi-Fi throughout the space — perfect for those looking to disconnect and then reconnect with others through in-person conversations.

EXO Roast Co. shared the following on Instagram:

“We take great responsibility in this endeavor and hope to cultivate many relationships and collaborations in our community. This effort would not have come together without the effort of some great friends along the way.”

EXO Roast Co.

Photo courtesy of EXO Roast Co. on Instagram

Hours of operation are 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily at both locations (beginning Wednesday, February 23 at the new location on Simpson Street).

Exo Roast Co. is located at 196 W. Simpson St. and 403 N. Sixth Ave. For more information, visit exocoffee.com

At a very young age, Matt was gifted with the artistic ability to masterfully roll a burrito to the highest of standards.

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